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The Case of Abdul Rahman

Here is something I had not heard. Back when the Islamic court presiding over the case of Abdul Rahman claimed he was mentally unfit to stand trial , everyone assumed this was a transparently false move to justify his beheading for apostasy. Apparently, however, Abdul Rahman sought asylum in Germany in 2000 and the contents of his asylum file allegedly shows evidence that he did have issues. Der Spiegel reports:

The German Rahman file, together with statements made by his brother, who has lived near Stuttgart since 1993, and a patient file from a clinic in Pakistan, tell a different story: that of the odyssey of a severely emotionally disturbed man who has been wandering aimlessly through the world for years, a man without a goal or a foothold. The file casts significant doubt on widely propagated theories that Rahman is a man driven by his faith and willingness to become a martyr. Instead, the file depicts a man driven by his psychoses and paranoia.

Obviously, this doesn't have any bearing on the core issue of Rahman's right to religious freedom, but it's interesting nonetheless.