Dutch foreign minister appeals on behalf of Afghan Christian

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Netherlands Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal has urgently requested his Afghan counterpart Zalmai Rassoul to pay close attention to the case of Said Musa.

Mr Musa is an Afghan who has converted to Christianity and may face the death penalty for doing so.

Minister Rosenthal has also alerted Mr Rassoul’s predecessor, Dr Rangin Dadfar Spantaheeft, an advisor of President Hamid Karzai.

Mr Rosenthal did not give further details in the case, which was brought to his attention by the Dutch opposition Christian Union party as he said he did not wish to "make the situation more difficult".

Mr Rosenthal is on a trip to the Middle East. After visiting Jordan he's now on his way to Israel. He was criticised in parliament last week over the execution of Dutch-Iranian woman Zahra Bahrami. The foreign minister was accused of not taking enough action to prevent her execution.


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