Afghanistan - Journalist under death sentence moved to Kabul ahead of his appeal



    MONTREAL, March 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders welcomed the
transfer to Kabul yesterday ahead of his appeal hearing of young Afghan
journalist Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, who has been sentenced to death.
    His brother, Sayed Yaqub Ibrahimi, had voiced his anxiety at a press
conference at Reporters Without Borders' Paris headquarters on 11 March, about
threats to his brother, who was locked up with criminals and terrorists in
Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan.
    His request for transfer to Kabul has finally succeeded, allowing Sayed
Perwiz Kambakhsh to be separated from other detainees in the vast
Pul-e-Sharkhi jail, in the east of the capital. His transfer to Kabul has
given rise to hopes that his appeal will not be influenced by religious
fundamentalists, as was the case when he was sentenced to death for
"blasphemy" by a court in Mazar-i-Sharif, on 22 January 2008.




For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, secretary general,
Reporters Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4208, Fax: (514)
521-7771, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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