Our ally Afghanistan is given the world another legal atrocity: sentencing two men to death for translating the Koran (Quran). Ahmad Ghaws Zalmai thought that he was helping average Afghans gain access to the work since many do not read Arabic. Instead, the 54-year-old spokesman for the attorney general was arrested and accused of trying to make himself an prophet and to replace the Koran. As his own friends turned on him and his home was stoned, Zalmai tried to flee to Pakistan but was caught. The publisher and local cleric involved in the translation were also jailed.
Notably, there is no actual Afghan law prohibiting the translation of the Koran, but once again it is the Sharia law that governs these cases.