Sunday, March 30, 2008

Kambakhsh moved to Kabul

Condemned journalism student Pervez Kambakhsh was finally moved out of Mazar-e Sharif and into Pul-e Charkhi prison, east of Kabul. The fact that the move could happen at all indicates that the recent prison riot at the facility (see here and here) has probably ended, though I've seen no comment to that effect. Though Reporters without Borders, who have been Kambakhsh's main Western advocates, are frequently cited by the mainstream press, and although the student's jailers are our allies, the Canadian press has been reluctant to cover the case. True to form, the latest announcement, though carried by the AFP newswire (here), doesn't appear to have gained any print media attention in this country.

Kambakhsh now awaits trial. His lawyers have reportedly said they will seek a pardon.

(See our previous coverage of the case here, here, here and here.)

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