Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Update on Sayed Musa

To follow up my earlier post, here's an  Update on Said Musa  (HT: Denny Burk). The quotes is from an article by Bob Smietana of The Nashville Tennessean
Musa was arrested after Afghan television aired footage of aid workers baptizing converts. Musa wasn’t in the video, but authorities learned he was a convert.

“This footage stirred up a lot of controversy,” said Aidan Clay, Middle East regional manager for International Christian Concern, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that focuses on religious persecution.

Clay, who has been following Musa’s case, said the former aid worker hasn’t been officially charged with a crime and has no legal representation. But he has been sexually assaulted and beaten, Clay said.

Clay said that Musa, 46, was moved recently to a new jail, after American officials intervened on his behalf, and there’s no immediate threat of execution. He credited media reports about Musa for the improvement and predicted more public outcry could lead to his release.

Even if Musa were to be released, however, he would remain a controversial figure and would not be safe, Clay said. Another convert, Shoaib Assadullah, 25, also has been jailed and faces death threats. Officials from the United States and other nations are trying to get both men released.It would be safer for them to leave the country,” Clay said.
Let's keep praying for our brother's freedom and safety, and for the same for his family. And, even more importantly, pray for the witness for the Gospel in Afganistan.