04/11/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Afghan Journalist's 20-Year Blasphemy Sentence Upheld By Court

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan's Supreme Court has upheld a 20-year sentence for an Afghan university student journalist accused of blasphemy in a case that has alarmed media and rights organizations in Afghanistan and abroad. The student's family and lawyers said Wednesday thay had only learned recently about the court decision, which was taken in secret on Feb. 12, and they denounced the procedure as illegal.

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