But alas, no sign yet of a giant leap for Mankind. The good news is that Sayed Pervez Kambaksh is free and has been smuggled out of Afghanistan. The bad news is that he is unlikely to ever see the rest of his family again, and those that wish him dead are still in positions of power in his home country:
Hardline Islamists, including a number of political figures close to the government of President Karzai, have repeatedly called for Mr Kambaksh’s execution and were fiercely critical when an appeal court reduced the original death sentence to 20 years’ imprisonment. One senior diplomatic source said: "The danger is very real and we are well aware that there will be a reaction when it becomes clear that Pervez had gone. It was imperative he was safely out of the way before attempts could be made to block that."