"We will try to see if he converts to Islam, for Islam is the religion of compassion. But if he does not, Islamic law will be enforced," he [Supreme Court judge Ansarullah Mawlavizada] said, adding that Karzai would have the final say.
One state prosecutor, Sarinwal Zamari, said: "We think he could be mad. He is not a normal person. He doesn't talk like a normal person. If he is proved mentally ill, then he wouldn't be tried."
"He is not mad. The government are playing games. The people will not be fooled," said Abdul Raoulf, cleric at Herati Mosque [Kabul]. "This is humiliating for Islam. ... Cut off his head."
Raoulf is considered a moderate cleric in Afghanistan.
"We will cut him into little pieces," jail employee Hosnia Wafayosofi told the Chicago Tribune as she "made a cutting motion with her hands".
Prosecutor Abdul Wasi demanded Rahman's repentance and called him a traitor: "He is known as a microbe in society, and he should be cut off and removed from the rest of Muslim society and should be killed."