The Taliban have executed a man accused of murder in western Afghanistan, a Taliban spokesman said Wednesday.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the execution in western Farah state was of a man accused of fatally wounding another man in 2017 and was accompanied by senior officials from the group. The execution was carried out by the victim’s father, who he shot three times, Mujahid added in a subsequent statement.
Mujahid said the case had him tried in three courts and was approved by the group’s top spiritual leader, based in the southern province of Kandahar. More than a dozen high-ranking Taliban officials were present at the execution, including acting interior minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, acting deputy prime minister Abdul Gani Baradal, the country’s chief justice, foreign minister and education minister, he added. rice field.
The executions come after it was announced that several states had publicly flogged men and women accused of crimes such as robbery and adultery in recent weeks. Last month, a spokesman for the United Nations Office for Human Rights urged Taliban authorities to immediately stop public flogging in Afghanistan.
According to a court statement, the Taliban’s top spiritual leader, Haibaturah Akunzada, said he met with judges in November and should rule in line with Shariah law. From 1996 to 2001, public floggings and stonings took place under former Taliban rule.
Although such punishments later became rare and were condemned by subsequent foreign-backed Afghan governments, the death penalty was still legal in Afghanistan.