Afghan officials did not say whether Abdul Rahman had been released after the case against him was dismissed Sunday, but the U.N. statement came amid unconfirmed reports that he was being freed.
"We do understand that he will be released," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said in Washington. "We're pleased by that."
Earlier Monday, hundreds of clerics, students and others chanting "Death to Christians!" marched through the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif to protest the court's decision to toss out the case.
Maybe Bush can invite a few of these clerics and students to his White House Ramadan gathering with Laura and the twins this year.