August 27, 2014

Taliban warns of reprisals for militants execution

By Sajad - Thu Nov 22 2012, 9:46 am

The Taliban Group warned on Wednesday of reprisals if the Afghan government executes any of its militants in an expected series of hangings.

Six more men were hanged Wednesday in Kabul, an official said, bringing the number of men executed in two days to 14.

The rare death penalties, which were signed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday, were carried out despite a public outcry and criticism from rights groups and the Taliban.

“Six criminals who had committed crimes to help insurgents in bombings and killing Afghan security forces were executed this afternoon by the president’s order in Kabul,” an official said on condition of anonymity.

The European Union and international rights groups on Wednesday condemned Afghanistan’s execution of eight prisoners and urged Kabul to drop plans to hang more soon.

The Afghan government should end its sudden surge of executions and institute a moratorium on further executions,’ Human Rights Watch said.

‘The weakness of the Afghan legal system and the routine failure of courts to meet international fair trial standards make Afghanistan’s use of the death penalty especially troubling,’ it said.

Executions have been infrequent since the 2001 fall of the Taleban regime, which put people to death for adultery and other infringements of Islamic law.

If the “prisoners of war” were executed there would be “heavy repercussions for lawmakers, courts and other related circles of the Kabul administration”, the Islamists said in a statement on their website.

It urged the United Nations (UN), the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the Red Cross and international rights groups to prevent the executions.

The Taliban, ousted from power by a US-led invasion in 2001, were notorious for executing people in public for “crimes” including adultery. The executions were often carried out at half-time during games in the main football stadium in Kabul.

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