Justice Mocked

The Independent today has a harrowing interview with Sayed Pervez Kambaksh, the Afghan student who was sentenced to death for downloading a report on women's rights from the internet, after a four-minute hearing during which he was not even allowed to speak in his own defence, let alone have access to a lawyer. Good job we "liberated" his country from the religious tyranny of the Taliban and installed a democratic government.

I suggest that all right-thinking people, and certainly all lawyers, sign the Independent's petition urging the UK Foreign Office to put all possible pressure on the Afghan government to prevent the execution of Mr Kambaksh.