Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen urged Afghanistan on Monday to respect human rights as a Red Cross worker faced a possible death sentence for converting to Christianity.

“Let me stress that a sentence to death or any punishment for converting from one religion to the another is in strong contradiction with everything Nato stands for,” Mr Rasmussen said.

“Nato is based on the principles of human rights, rule of law, freedom, democracy,” he said at his monthly news conference.

Musa Sayed, an Afghan who works for the International Committee of the Red Cross, was among two men arrested in May on apostasy charges and has languished in a Kabul jail as his case drags on.

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