Afghan rape victim released from jail, lawyer says
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||14 December 2011|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Afghan rape victim released from jail, lawyer says, 14 December 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4f1431ad2.html [accessed 11 December 2013]|
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December 14, 2011
The lawyer for an Afghan woman who was jailed for adultery after being raped says his client has been released from prison after a pardon by Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
The woman, named Gulnaz, was released on December 13, two years after she was jailed for a so-called "moral crime" when a relative raped her.
Her U.S. lawyer, Kimberley Motley, told the BBC that her client was released without precondition, dispelling fears that she may have to marry the rapist.
Gulnaz was pardoned on December 1 after Karzai met judicial officials following an international outcry over her situation.
The case highlighted the poor state of women's rights in Afghanistan.
compiled from agency reports