Supreme Court cancels jail sentence on Zaman Ahmadi imprisoned for blasphemy
Afghanistan Supreme Court has accepted appeal request for
reviewing the blasphemy case against Zaman Ahmadi, 40, who was sentenced to
20-year imprisonment in 2012, said a reliable source in the Afghan government
on condition of anonymity.
The source further said that the court has also canceled previous
verdicts for which Ahmadi has served seven years of imprisonment in
Alimadad Hakimi, lawyer of Ahmadi, however, did not confirm that
the appeal request was accepted by the Supreme Court. He said they were still
waiting for the final decision of the court over the appeal request.
Talking to Kabul Now, Hakimi
said that the appeal hearing session was held yesterday, December 03, by the
high council of the Supreme Court. According to the lawyer, the Supreme Court’s
decision regarding the case would be announced on Wednesday, December 04.
Mohammad Ali Farhang, who
is an independent lawyer and closely follows Ahmadi’s case, wrote on his
facebook page today, December 04, that the government must now pay compensation
for the wrongly imprisoning of Ahmadi.
He also argued that all
the involved authorities from police officials to the jury members who were
involved in arresting Ahmadi and issuing such a wrongful decision must be
According to Farhang, the
court’s decision of jailing Ahmadi was totally against Afghanistan’s law and had
no legal base. Farhang argues that the decision made by court violates Article
no 34 of Afghanistan’s constitution, which allows every Afghan to express his
or her mind.
Sentenced to 20 years
imprisonment for the alleged charges of “apostasy and insulting Islam” in his
never published write-up, Ahmadi was further accused of being converted
However, in his trial, Mr. Ahmadi confessed that he is a