Clerics urge Afghan gov't not to interfere with journalist death sentence

Conservative clerics and elders demanded Thursday that the Afghan government not interfere with a controversial death sentence handed down to a young journalist convicted of insulting Islam for distributing a report questioning polygamy. Sayed Parwez Kaambakhsh, 23, was sentenced to death on Jan. 22 by a three-judge panel in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif for handing out a report he printed off the Internet to fellow journalism students at Balkh University. The article questioned why men can have four wives but women cannot have multiple husbands. Kaambakhsh has appealed his conviction.