Abdul Rahman Goes to Italy

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Mar 29, 2006 11:51 AM

Italy has granted Abdul Rahman asylum, thank goodness.

The Afghan man who converted to Christianity and could have been executed for renouncing Islam has arrived in Italy for asylum, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announced at a news conference.

Earlier, Berlusconi said Italy would be happy to grant asylum to Rahman, and the Italian Cabinet approved an amnesty offer.

"I say that we are very glad to be able to welcome someone who has been so courageous," a spokesman quoted Berlusconi as saying.

Abdul Rahman, who is under police protection, will officially request asylum on Thursday, and a commission will analyze that request, according to an Interior Ministry official. According to Italian law, the commission will be made up of two Interior Ministry members and a representative from the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner.

The Jawa Report remarks:

Good news indeed. If we work hard we may be able to gain more freedom for Christians in Muslim nations. This man is only one of many who face persecution and death.

Michelle Malkin notes that there are many Afghan Christians left behind, who may have to face the jihadist lynch mobs.