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Taliban now against public executions sans top court order

  • Published at 08:30 pm October 16th, 2021
A dead body (top L) displayed in a public area is hanging on a crane in Herat on 25 September, 2021, after Taliban killed four alleged kidnappers during a shootout and hanged them AFP

Several public executions were carried out in Afganistan last month 

The Taliban government has directed local Afghan officials to avoid carrying out punishments including executions in public unless any relevant order from the country's top court, reports Dawn.

This follows last month’s announcement that the Taliban would resume punishments, such as executions and amputations, in the country.

In a tweet on Thursday, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that the Council of Ministers has decided that no punishment will be carried out publicly when there is no need to publicise the convict and till the court issues an order for a public punishment.

"Public executions and hanging of bodies should be avoided unless the supreme court issues an order for such an action," he said while giving details of the cabinet meeting.

"If the offender is punished, the punishment must be explained so that the people know about the crime,” Zabihullah said.

Last month, the Taliban had hung the bodies of four alleged kidnappers in the western city of Herat, drawing sharp criticism from different quarters

Senior Taliban leader Mullah Nooruddin Turabi the told the Associated Press that they will once again carry out executions and amputations of hands, though perhaps not in public.

Also Read - Taliban hang up bodies of 'kidnappers' in Afghan city

However, several public executions were carried out after Turabi’s statement. Turabi had served as Minister of Justice during the previous Taliban government from 1996-2001.

Meanwhile, the Taliban government announced on Friday that Sheikh Abdul Hakim had been appointed the chief justice of the supreme court.

Hakim, an ethnic Pashtun cleric and a close confidant of the Taliban chief, earlier headed the Taliban negotiation team in Qatar.

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