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An Afghanistan appeal court has upheld 20-year jail terms for two men who published a translation of the Koran.

The prosecution said the translation contained mistakes and called for the defendants to be executed.

The men were convicted of modifying the Muslim holy book into Persian while not including the original Arabic text.

Critics have said the trial illustrates the influence of hard-line clerics in Afghanistan. The men plan to appeal to the country’s highest court.

One of the defendants, Ahmad Ghaws Zalmai, a former government official, said he did not know the translation contained mistakes.

He said he only wanted to serve Islam and the translation had been done by an Iranian living in the United States.

The other defendant, Mushtaq Ahmad, a Muslim cleric, signed a letter endorsing the translation.

(Read the full article: Jail Upheld in Afghan Court Case)

I guess this is what happens when you try and serve Islam. They do value death more than life afterall.

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