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Afghan Taliban carries out first public execution since takeover

The Taliban administration has put to death a man accused of murder in western
Afghanistan 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 stabbing another man to death in 2017, Taliban spokesperson
Zabihullah Mujahid said on Wednesday, 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

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, Mujahid said, including acting interior minister
Sirajuddin Haqqani, and acting deputy Prime Minister Abdul Ghani
Baradar, as well as the country’s chief justice, acting foreign
minister and acting education minister.

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Public lashings

It comes 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 in its
rule in the 1990s.

A spokesperson for the UN human rights office last month
called on the Taliban authorities to immediately halt the use of
public floggings in Afghanistan.

The Taliban’s supreme spiritual leader met judges in
November and said they should carry out such punishments.

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