You Say You Want a Theocracy?
Arrested by security police and initially held without charges, he was eventually tried on blasphemy charges, convicted and sentenced to death.
Is this so different from what America does to "Enemy Combatants"? Remember, some of the enemy combatants are U.S. citizens. Also remember, many people were arrested and held without charges during the last presidential election for the crime of wearing anti-Bush T-Shirts to Rethuglican rallies.
Religious conservatives had welcomed the earlier sentence against Kambakhsh. After the death penalty was handed down at his January trial, public demonstrations were held in support of the decision, and some prominent clerics declared he deserved to be executed for violating the teachings of Islam.
Those pesky conservatives... good thing we don't have any of those in America...
Kambakhsh's supporters have said the case should be thrown out because the previous trial was held in secret and he was denied legal representation
America would never do that, now... would we?
Family members have said Kambakhsh was beaten and threatened with death until he signed a confession and that local journalists who expressed support for him were warned they would be arrested if they persisted.
Surely America opposes torture to extract confessions, don't we?
Kambakhsh's journalist brother, Yaqoub Ibrahimi, has said he believes the blasphemy charges were a pretext and that Ibrahimi was the authorities' real target because of articles he wrote about abuses by local warlords and militias.
And surely America wouldn't stoop to the level of political retribution for a news story, would we?