Taliban official says strict punishments and executions will return

Ministry of Vice and Virtue, in Afghanistan, headquarters of the religious police | Photo: EFE

One of the founders of the Taliban claimed that the regime’s hard-line movement will once again carry out executions and amputations of hands, though perhaps not in public.

The context: Mullah Nooruddin Turabi dismissed outrage over Taliban executions in the past, which were sometimes carried out in front of crowds in a stadium. He warned the world not to interfere with the new rulers of Afghanistan.

  • Turabi, was Minister of Justice and director of the religious police – during the previous Taliban government. Under the new cabinet, he is in charge of the prisons.
  • Executions of convicted murderers were often a single shot to the head, carried out by the victim’s family, who had the option of accepting the “blood money” and allowing the culprit to live.
  • In recent days in Kabul, Taliban fighters have revived a punishment they used to use in the past: publicly shaming men accused of robbery.

What do they say? “Everyone criticized us for the punishments at the stadium, but we have never said anything about their laws and their punishments,” Turabi told The Associated Press from Kabul. “No one will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam and make our laws on the Koran. “

  • “Cutting off the hands is very necessary for safety,” said the man. The Cabinet is studying carrying out the punishments in public and “will develop a policy,” he continued.
  • Turabi promised that this time the judges – including the women – would try the cases, but that the basis of the laws of Afghanistan would be the Koran.
  • The Taliban’s comments reveal that the group’s leaders remain entrenched in a deeply conservative and hard-line vision.

Main source of the news: AP


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