December 8, 2022, Kabul, The Taliban put to death a man accused of murder in western Afghanistan, its spokesperson said on Wednesday, in the first officially confirmed public execution since the group took over the country last year.
The execution in western Farah province was of a man accused of fatally stabbing another man in 2017, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said, and was attended by senior officials of the group.
The execution was carried out by the father of the victim, who shot the man three times, Mujahid added in a later statement.
The case was investigated by three courts and authorised by the group’s supreme spiritual leader, who is based in southern Kandahar province, said Mujahid. More than a dozen senior Taliban officials attended the execution, he added, including the acting interior minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani, and the acting deputy prime minister, Abdul Ghani Baradar, as well as the country’s chief justice, acting foreign minister and acting education minister.
The execution came after the country’s supreme court announced public lashings of men and women accused of offences such as robbery and adultery had taken place in several provinces in recent weeks, a possible return to practices common during the Taliban’s hardline rule in the 1990s.
A spokesperson for the UN human rights office last month called on the Taliban authorities to immediately halt public floggings in Afghanistan.
The Taliban’s supreme spiritual leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, met judges in November and said they should carry out punishments consistent with sharia law, according to a court statement.
Public lashings and executions by stoning took place under the previous 1996-2001 rule of the Taliban.
Source- The Guardian