Afghan Appeals Death Sentence Over Women's Rights Charge

Argues he was tortured into false confession
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2008 11:00 AM CDT
Afghan Appeals Death Sentence Over Women's Rights Charge
An Afghan woman journalist tries to ask a question to Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh, an Afghan journalist on trial, center, after his trial in court in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 18, 2008.    (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

An Afghan journalism student who has been sentenced to death claims he was tortured into falsely confessing that he had written an article championing women's rights. "I would never let myself write such an article," said the student, 24, in court today in a desperate bid to overturn his sentence for insulting Islam. The proceedings offer a rare glimpse into the conservative religious impact on Afghanistan's developing legal system. His trial has been adjourned until next week. (More Afghanistan stories.)

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