Taliban carry out first public execution since returning to power in Afghanistan



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On Wednesday, the Taliban executed the alleged killer in the first public execution. Afghanistan after the Islamist group returned to power.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the man was shot three times by the father of his alleged victim during an execution attended by senior Taliban officials in the southwestern province of Farah. The man was accused of stabbing a victim to death in 2017, as well as stealing a mobile phone and a bicycle.

This news came just a few weeks after Taliban ordered the judges fully impose their interpretation of sharia lawincluding public executions, amputations and floggings, a move that raised fears of a further deterioration in human rights in the impoverished country.

This is the first public execution since Kabul fell to the Taliban following the withdrawal of US troops from the country in August 2021. During the earlier period of Taliban rule, from 1996 to 2001, public executions were common, as were other violent punishments.

Taliban fighters in a Humvee vehicle take part in a rally in Kabul on August 31, 2021 as they celebrate the US withdrawal of all its troops from the country to end a brutal 20-year war that began and ended with a hard line.  Islamist in power.  (Photo by Hoshan Hashimi/AFP) (Photo by HOSHANG HASHIMI/AFP via Getty Images)

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According to the Taliban, the accused confessed to the murder, and the case was heard by three different courts. Afghan Supreme Leader Amirul Mominin gave final approval for the execution, the statement said.

The victim’s mother told state news agency RTA Pashto that the family had turned down several requests for forgiveness from the alleged killer.

“We said that if we forgive him and he is released, he will go out and kill someone else’s son. We wanted his punishment to be death, to be a lesson to others like him,” she said.

Senior Taliban officials present at the execution included the acting chief judge, the deputy prime minister, the acting interior minister and the deputy governor of Farah Province.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said in a Twitter post that it “strongly opposes the death penalty under all circumstances and calls on the de facto authorities to immediately impose a moratorium to abolish the death penalty.”

Kaheld Abu El-Fadl, a professor of Islamic law at UCLA and one of the world’s leading authorities on Sharia law, told CNN in November that punishments such as public executions have historically been rarely used in the 1,400-year-old Sharia tradition. because most Islamic jurists interpreted the law differently than the Taliban.

After seizure of power Last August, the Taliban initially tried to project a more moderate image in order to garner international support. However, since then it has infringed on rights and freedoms.

Women in Afghanistan can no longer work in most sectors and need a male guardian for long-distance travel, and girls are prohibited from returning to secondary school. Women were also banned from entering the parks.

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