Taliban govt bans public execution of criminals

Afghan cabinet directs officials not to carry out public hangings unless the country's top court issues an order

News Desk October 16, 2021
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. PHOTO: REUTERS

Afghanistan's Taliban-run interim government has banned the public display of executed criminals unless the country's top court issues an order for public execution.

The decision was taken during a cabinet meeting that took place late Thursday evening. Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid, after the meeting, said that no punishment will be carried out when there is no need to publicise the convict and till a court issues an order for public punishment.

"Public executions and hanging of bodies should be avoided unless the supreme court issues an order for such an action," he added.

The spokesperson also said that the punishment of the offender must be explained to the public so that people know about the crime.

Last month, the Taliban hung the bodies of four kidnappers from cranes after killing them during a shootout in Afghanistan's western city of Herat.

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Herat province's deputy governor Mawlawi Shir Ahmad Muhajir said the men's corpses were displayed in various public areas on the same day as the killings to teach a "lesson" that kidnapping will not be tolerated.

Graphic images posted on social media showed bloody bodies on the back of a pick-up truck while a crane hoisted one man up.

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A crowd of people looked on as armed Taliban fighters gathered around the vehicle.

Another video showed a man suspended from a crane at a major roundabout in Herat with a sign on his chest reading: "Abductors will be punished like this".


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