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Sayed Pervez Kambaksh (also Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh or Sayed Parwez Kaambaksh) was born in 1985? in Afghanistan. In late 2007, he was a student at Balkh University and a journalist for Jahan-e-Naw (New World), a daily. On 27 October 2007, police arrested Kambaksh, and accused him of "blasphemy and distribution of texts defamatory of Islam."[1] The authorities claimed that Kambaksh distributed writing posted on the Internet by Arash Bikhoda (Arash the atheist). Bikoda's writing criticizes the treatment of women under Islamic Law.

On 22 January 2008, the Primary Court in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif sentenced Kambaksh to death for "blasphemy and distribution of texts defamatory of Islam." The court's chief judge said, "He insulted the prophet Mohammed. He called him a murderer and a womanizer."[2] The court relied on Kambaksh's confession. Kambaksh denounced the confession as a product of torture.[1] On 29 January 2008, the Upper House of Parliament issued a declaration supporting the death sentence but quickly retracted it because of a technical error.[3][4]

Kambaksh appealed the decision, and the case moved to a Court of Appeals in Kabul. In October 2008, the court upheld the conviction but commuted the sentence to imprisonment for twenty years.[5][3]

Kambaksh appealed to the Supreme Court. On 11 or 12 February 2009, the Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Court of Appeals.[5]

In late August 2009, President Hamid Karzai granted "amnesty" to Kambaksh, and Kambaksh left Afghanistan.[6]


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