Afghan journalist, and editor, Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, aged 52 has been arrested in Qom, Iran. No further information is available regarding the charges, or Nasab’s condition. However, Mohaqiq Nasab is a noted Shiite sympathizer who promotes women’s rights, and a more liberal interpretation of Islamic law.
Mohaqiq Nasab, editor and founder of the monthly publication Haqoq-e-Zan (Women’s Rights) was sentenced by a Kabul court in October, 2005 to two years in prison, following a trial on blasphemy charges. He had already spent several weeks in prison. These past charges stemmed from his re-printing articles by an Iranian scholar that criticized the stoning of Muslims who convert to another religion, and those accused of committing adultery. A high court in Kabul reduced the sentence to three months and three days, which were suspended, despite demands for the death penalty by certain Muslim clerics.
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