Afghan Taliban carry out first public execution since takeover

KABUL: An Afghan man convicted of murder was publicly executed Wednesday, the Taliban said, the first confirmation of such a sentence since hardline Islamists returned to power.
“The Supreme Court was instructed to carry out this qisas order during a public gathering of compatriots,” said a spokesman for the Taliban. Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement, referring to “tit-for-tat” justice in Islamic law.
Last month the supreme leader of the Taliban Hibatullah Akhundzada ordered judges to fully enforce aspects of Islamic law including public executions, stoning and beatings, and amputations on thieves.
Since then, they have carried out many public spankings, but Wednesday’s execution in Farah – the capital of the province of the same name – was the first to be acknowledged by the Taliban.
The statement names the executed man as tajmirson of Ghulam Sarwar, and said he is a resident of Anjil district in Herat province.


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