A man publicly executed in Mazar by Taliban

AFP, January 20, 2000

KABUL, Jan 20 (AFP) - Afghanistan's ruling Taliban militia have publicly executed a murderer in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif before thousands of spectators in a sports stadium, official Radio Shariat said Thursday.

The Islamic Taliban mouthpiece said Mohammad Ali, who had killed Juma Murad, was publicly executed Wednesday by the victim's heir after the approval of the Supreme Taliban leader Mulla Mohammad Omar.

The convict had also committed adultery and robbery, the station said, adding the sentence was handed out by the local military court.

"The heavenly order of execution was administered on a murderer .... before thousands of Mazar-i-Sharif residents in Sina Sports Stadium," it said.

The Taliban have brought most of the country under their ultra-orthodox interpretation of the Islamic Sharia law since they captured Kabul in 1996.

They execute murderers, stone to death married adulterers and publicly chop off the limbs of thieves.

Man publicly executed in Faryab

NNI, April 12, 2000

ISLAMABAD (NNI): A murderer was executed in public by the Taliban authorities after his conviction by the Supreme Court in Faryab province of Afghanistan.

The death penalty, awarded by a local court of Faryab province was also endorsed by the Supreme Court of Afghanistan, to a robber cum killer who was executed in public in Maimana city, reports Radio Kabul.

The convict Suleman son of Syed Ghayassuddin had killed Mulla Abdul Ghafoor son of Mulla Abdullah of Duldivan district after looting him. He was arrested by the security personnel and presented in the court. The convict later confessed his crime and was awarded death penalty.

Thousands of Afghans witnessed the execution.

Convict flogged in Afghanistan

NNI, 21 September, 2000

ISLAMABAD (NNI): A convict was publicly flogged in eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on the charges of desecrating the Holy Quran, reports Radio Kabul. The broadcast said that one Ahmed Jan son of Mohammad Janan had been arrested on the charge of desecrating the Holy Quran while traveling in a car between Jalalabad and Torkham. The accused was produced before the court for trial. The court found him guilty of committing the crime. He was later flogged in public after the approval of the sentence by the Talibanís supreme leader Mulla Muhammad Omar.

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