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The Brothers & the Grisly Sentence; Two Americans Face Islamic Justice in Pakistan for a Crime They Say They Didn't Commit
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The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Washington, D.C.
Author: Coll, Steve
Date: Oct 2, 1991
Start Page: b.01
Section: STYLE

[Daniel Boyd] married his high school girlfriend, [Sabrina Boyd], the daughter of a medical doctor who works for the U.S. government, at a mosque at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She decided to convert to Islam just hours before the wedding and said she has never regretted it. "As much as I was raised as an American, I try to follow Islam strictly," she said. Both Daniel and [Charles Boyd] worked in construction. Just under two years ago, Daniel and Sabrina decided to move to Peshawar to work with a Muslim relief agency aiding some of the estimated 3 million Afghan refugees who have fled to Pakistan because of Afghanistan's 12-year-old civil war.

In Pakistan the Boyds shifted from house to house in Hyatabad, a suburb in the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains beneath the Khyber Pass, which leads to Afghanistan. After a year, Charles Boyd and his second wife, [Debra], joined them. With two young sons initially and a third born in Pakistan, there were many adjustments. Money was short, hospitals were inadequate, baby supplies were difficult to find, and all their drinking water had to be boiled. Still, as they became increasingly involved in their new religion, said Sabrina Boyd, the hardships were more than worth it.

Through their lawyers, the Boyds maintain that they did not rob the bank. Their lawyers also say they did not receive a fair trial in the special Islamic courts recently established by Pakistan's government to provide swift justice in cases of "heinous crimes." Among other things, the Boyds' lawyers have contended that police invented evidence against the brothers, obtained a confession from them at gunpoint and arranged witness identifications improperly.

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