January 22, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On January 22, 2008, an Afghan court sentenced journalism student Sayad Parwez Kambaksh to death for blasphemy. The panel alleged that Kambaksh's criticism of gender roles in Afghan society insulted Islam, an offense punishable by death under Article 130 of the Afghanistan Constitution. In ...[read more]
March 13, 2009
by Andrew Gilmore
The Supreme Court of Afghanistan upheld a 20-year prison sentence for blasphemy against Afghani journalism student Sayad Parwaz Kambaksh in a secret February hearing, according to statements by his lawyer quoted in Thursday media reports. Kambaksh and his lawyer were unaware of the secret hearing ...[read more]
October 22, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore
The death sentence of Afghan journalism student Sayad Parwaz Kambaksh was reduced Tuesday to 20 years' imprisonment by an Afghan appeals court. Kambaksh was sentenced to death in January for distributing papers questioning gender roles under Islam. In May, Kambaksh appealed his death sentence be... ...[read more]
May 18, 2008
by Patrick Porter
An Afghan appeals court heard testimony Sunday from journalism student Sayad Parwaz Kambaksh, who was sentenced to death in January for distributing papers questioning gender roles under Islam. Kambaksh denied the accusations in front of a three-judge panel Sunday, saying they were made by Balkh ...[read more]
February 28, 2008
by Brett Murphy
Afghan Deputy Chief Judge Mohammed Omar Ishaqzai said that Afghan journalism student Sayad Parwaz Kambaksh should be permitted to appeal a death sentence that resulted from a trial where he says he was not represented by a lawyer, the Independent reported Thursday. Kambaksh was sentenced to death ...[read more]
February 25, 2008
by Joshua Pantesco
The Afghan journalism student who was sentenced to death in January for distributing papers questioning gender roles under Islamic practice told the Independent on Sunday that he was not afforded a lawyer to represent him during his four-minute closed court trial, and that he was not permitted to ...[read more]
February 19, 2008
by Joshua Pantesco
The Afghan journalism student who was sentenced to death in January for distributing papers questioning gender roles under Islamic practice will be provided the right to appeal his death sentence in open court, an Afghanistan Supreme Court justice told London's Independent on Monday. Sayad Parwe... ...[read more]
February 5, 2008
by Michael Sung
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai is concerned about the imposition of the death penalty against journalism student Sayad Parwez Kambaksh but will not intervene in the case pending Kambaksh's appeal, a presidential spokesman said Tuesday. Under Article 64 of the Afghanistan Constitution, Afgha... ...[read more]
January 22, 2008
by Caitlin Price
An Afghan journalism student charged with blasphemy was sentenced to death Tuesday, following a recommendation from the Afghan Council of Mullahs. A three-judge panel found that papers printed from the Internet by 23-year-old Sayad Parwez Kambaksh, allegedly including discussion of women's role... ...[read more]

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