The Taliban shot several men in a crowded stadium

The Taliban beheaded nine people in a crowded soccer stadium in the Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday, the country’s Supreme Court said in the latest public punishment by the fundamentalists in Afghanistan.

“Today, the appeals court of Kandahar province sentenced nine people on charges of robbery and sodomy,” he said in a statement. A brief statement The highest judicial body of an Asian country.

According to eyewitnesses, citing independent Afghan media Hasht-e-Subh DailyThe Taliban cut off the hands of four men arrested for robbery.

According to the Supreme Court, high-ranking local officials of the Taliban government were present at the soccer field, who gave speeches before the convicts were sent to jail.

An eyewitness, who asked not to be named, told EFE that hundreds of people came to the scene to witness the execution.

Haji Zaid, a spokesman for the governor of southern Kandahar province, said on Twitter that each man was stabbed 35 to 39 times in front of Taliban officials, religious clerics, elders and villagers.

More than 100 desolations per month

The practice of corporal punishment or even public execution of people, reintroduced by the Taliban in Afghanistan after they returned to power in August 2021, has been repeatedly condemned by bodies including the United Nations.

November 14The Taliban’s supreme leader has issued a mandatory order for the full application of Sharia, or Islamic law, in Afghanistan. According to human rights organization Amnesty International, the Taliban have since carried out several public beatings of men and women for treason, robbery, homosexual sexual behavior or kidnapping.

“The Taliban continue to ignore widespread criticism while blatantly disregarding basic human rights principles, an alarming move that looks like a bitter memory of their rule three decades ago,” the NGO said in a statement. release. “The international community must immediately step up efforts to ensure that the de facto authorities in Afghanistan end all cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments.”

Last December, 10 UN human rights experts called on the Taliban government to end executions and executions in mass ceremonies.

“Since November 18, 2022, the de facto government has dispersed more than 100 people, men and women, in several provinces,” experts said a month ago. release. “Each received between 20 and 100 lashes for alleged offences, including robbery, ‘illegitimate’ relationships or breach of social code of conduct.” In addition, they noted that punishments for extramarital affairs “are overwhelmingly directed against women and girls.”

Last month, the Taliban executed an Afghan man convicted of murdering another man in “what appears to be the first public execution” since they took over, experts said. The execution by assault weapon was carried out by the victim’s father in the western province of Farah in front of hundreds of onlookers and many senior Taliban officials.

During its first government in 1996-2001, the Taliban used brutal public sanctions such as hanging, amputation, stoning or whipping, based on a strict interpretation of Islam and its strict social code known as Pushtunwali.

Shortly after taking control of Kabul and despite changing their promises, the Taliban killed four hijackers in the western Afghan city of Herat and hanged their bodies in public.

Former MP Mursal Nabizada was killed

Along with the return of public punishment, women experienced a deterioration in their rights with restrictions such as bans from universities and secondary schools, segregation by gender in public places, veiling or the obligation to be accompanied by a family member. Masculine on long journeys.

This week, Afghan leader Mursal Nabizada, a former member of parliament before the Taliban came to power, was shot dead along with his bodyguards in an attack by unknown assailants in Kabul.

Security forces have launched “serious efforts to find and prosecute the criminals,” police spokesman Khalid Zadran told EFE, without elaborating on the nature of the crime.

Nabizada was one of the political leaders who decided to stay in Afghanistan after the fall of the old administration, even though hundreds of government officials decided to leave the country during the evacuation of international forces.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday demanded an investigation into the killing of Nabizada and his bodyguard. Guterres, through a spokesman, was shocked by the killing and expressed his condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

Source: El Diario





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