Afghanistan: Jailed Christian convert is freed

Sayed Mussa was jailed for nine months after converting to Christianity.

Updated: Feb 25, 2011, 15:55 PM IST

Kabul: An Afghan man who was jailed for nine months after converting to Christianity has been released following an intense campaign by international diplomatic missions and Christian activists.

General Abdul Qayum, director of the Kabul detention centre, said on Friday that Sayed Mussa, a 46-year-old father of six, left the jail earlier this week and was taken to see Afghan prosecutors, who did not have enough evidence to charge him.

Aidan Clay with the group International Christian Concern cheered Mussa`s release but said another convert was still jailed in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

Afghanistan is an Islamic state but the Constitution says both that freedom of religion should be protected and that the Quran, which condemns conversion, is the ultimate authority in legal matters.

Bureau Report