October 17, 2006

Islamist Kidnappers Will Exchange Hostage for Apostate Muslim

Terrorists have offered to release an Italian hostage if a Christian convert in exile in Italy, Abdul Rahman, is returned to Afghanistan for execution. Rahman had been held in an Afghanistan jail for his crime of leaving Islam until Western pressure led to his release and he was granted assylum in Italy.

Under Islamic law apostasy is a capital offense.

Italian photojournalist Gabriele Torsello, nicknamed Kash, has been documenting the conflict between India and Pakistan in Kashmir for years. Torsello worked for the online magazine PeaceReporter. Gabrielle Torsello was kidnapped last Thursday by a group claiming to be part of the Taliban on a road in the Kandahar province.

Monsters and Critics:

The kidnappers of an Italian journalist have issued an ultimatum saying they will free their captive if Italy returns a converted Afghan Christian who sought asylum there, the journalist's employers said on Tuesday....

The kidnappers have demanded that Rahman be returned to Afghanistan by Sunday.

It is not clear what will become of Torsello if demands are not met. I'd say that the threat is suggestive of "Someone is going to die. Either the apostate, or the hostage."

We pray for his safety and quick return

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:34 PM | Comments |