Bob Smietana of The Tennessean has a positive update on the status of Said Musa, imprisoned in Kabul, Afghanistan for converting from Islam to Christianity. Aidan Clay, Middle East regional manager for International Christian Concern, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that focuses on religious persecution, has apparently been keeping up with the Musa case for sometime now. Smietana reports:
Clay said that Musa, 46, was moved recently to a new jail, after American officials intervened on his behalf, and there’s no immediate threat of execution. He credited media reports about Musa for the improvement and predicted more public outcry could lead to his release.
Even if Musa were to be released, however, he would remain a controversial figure and would not be safe, Clay said. Another convert, Shoaib Assadullah, 25, also has been jailed and faces death threats. Officials from the United States and other nations are trying to get both men released.
“It would be safer for them to leave the country,” Clay said.
Musa’s wife and children are already in Pakistan, last I heard. Read the whole thing.
HT: Denny Burk