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Shoiab Assadullah “was scheduled to appear in court January 4, but the ICC spokesman says that hearing never took place, largely due to international pressure,” OneNewsNow reports.

By Charlie Butts

1/11/2011 Afghanistan (OneNewsNow) – A Christian in Afghanistan is currently facing punishment as severe as the death penalty if he doesn’t choose to convert back to Islam.

Shoaib Assadullah was imprisoned October 21 for giving a Bible to a man who later reported him. He has received no legal representation, and International Christian Concern’s (ICC) Aidan Clay, who is currently in Nairobi, Kenya, tells OneNewsNow a judge handed down the latest sentence in late December.
 
“[Assadullah] was told that he would either be given the death sentence or 20 years imprisonment for apostasy,” or converting from Islam to another faith, Clay reports.
 
The Christian man was scheduled to appear in court January 4, but the ICC spokesman says that hearing never took place, largely due to international pressure. A new court date has yet to be set. Clay is especially disappointed by this situation because of the American blood that has been shed on Afghanistan’s soil to bring freedom to the country.
 
“Of course, the U.S. won’t pull out [of] Afghanistan for a few more years, we hope. But if they were to pull out today, Afghanistan would quickly revert back to the extremism that we saw under the Taliban,” he predicts, noting that half the country is still partial to sharia (Islamic law}.
 

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