Taliban Executes Man in Laghman Province

Tuesday, 06/20/2023

The Taliban executed a man on charges of murder in Mehtarlam city, the capital of Laghman province.

On Tuesday, the Taliban Supreme Court announced that the person was executed in public view and in the presence of officials of the group.

The Taliban Supreme Court did not explain the type of "retribution" for the Afghan man, but an eyewitness told Afghanistan International that he was killed by firing seven bullets.

This eyewitness, a resident of the province, added that the Taliban called the residents of Mehtarlam city to Eidgah mosque in the morning, and "retribution" was carried out in the courtyard of the mosque.

Several Laghman residents said that the Taliban did not allow them to photograph the execution scene. Taliban members asked people to leave their phones at home.

The Taliban supreme court stressed that the man had received due process and his execution was approved by the Taliban leader.

Earlier, Abdul Malik Haqqani, the deputy chief justice in the Taliban’s Supreme Court, announced that since taking power in Afghanistan, the group had sentenced hundreds of people to “Qisas [retribution] and stoning”.

Haqqani said that the Taliban has ordered the execution of 175 people and the stoning of 37 people throughout Afghanistan since taking power in the country.

He emphasised that the courts of this group have ordered four people to be buried alive and Sharia laws have been implemented on 103 other people.

Human rights groups have repeatedly called on the Taliban to stop the public punishment of Afghan citizens and have stressed that those accused by the Taliban don’t have access to due procedures and justice.

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