Taliban’s new diktat says no to public executions unless directed: Report

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Kabul: In its new diktat, the Taliban has asked the local officials to refrain from carrying out punishments such as public executions unless an order from Afghanistan‘s “top court”.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said in a tweet 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.

“Public executions and hanging of bodies should be avoided unless the supreme court issues an order for such an action,” Mujahid said was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper.

“If the offender is punished, the punishment must be explained so that the people know about the crime,” the Taliban spokesperson said.

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US condemned public executions

The US had last month strongly objected to the Taliban’s plans to reinstate amputations and executions as punishment in Afghanistan.

“We condemn in the strongest terms reports of reinstating amputations and executions of Afghans. The acts, the Taliban are talking about here, would constitute clear gross abuses of human rights, and we stand firm with the international community to hold perpetrators of any such abuses accountable,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price had said.

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