Trainee journalist Kambaksh is free thanks to Independent campaign

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A trainee journalist in Afghanistan has been freed from jail with the help of a campaign led by The Independent which made his plight an international cause celebre.

The Independent highlighted the case of Pervez Kambaksh with successive front pages days after he was condemned to death in January 2008. More than 100,000 people around the world would sign a petition calling for his release.

He was sentenced to death for distributing literature which promoted women’s rights at a university.

HIs death sentence was initially commuted to 20 years prison. President Karzai has now freed Kambaksh under an amnesty.

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