Since retaking power in Afghanistan last year, the Taliban are believed to have carried out their first public execution.
A spokesperson for the Taliban government claimed that a man was killed at a packed sports stadium in the south-western province of Farah after confessing to murder.
The majority of their government’s top ministers were among the dozens of leaders present at the hanging.
Taliban stages first public execution since the takeover
It happens a few weeks after judges receive orders to fully implement Sharia law.
The edict, which was issued last month by Haibatullah Akhundzada, the supreme leader of the Taliban, instructed judges to impose penalties that could include public executions, public amputations, and stoning.
However, the Taliban hasn’t formally established the specific crimes and associated penalties.
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Although there have been a number of recent public floggings, including one last month in front of a packed football stadium in Logar Province, this is the first time the Taliban have openly admitted to carrying out an execution.
The execution was witnessed by several Supreme Court justices, military personnel, and senior ministers, including the justice, foreign, and interior ministers, according to their spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid.
Mohammad Khaled Hanafi, the Taliban’s minister for vice and virtue, was also present. He was in charge of enforcing the Taliban’s strict interpretation of Islamic law. Hasan Akhund, the prime minister, did not go, according to the statement.
The Taliban claimed that Tajmir, a Herat province resident and son of Ghulam Sarwar, had stabbed Mustafa around five years prior to his execution.
After being found guilty by three Taliban courts, Mullah Akhundzada approved his sentence.
A public notice promoting the event and “inviting all citizens to join us on the sports field” was published prior to the execution.
The mother of the murdered man told the BBC that she had refused to pardon the man despite Taliban leaders pleading with her to do so.
“The Taliban came to me and begged me to forgive this unbeliever for the glory of God,” she said, “but I told them he had to be put to death and buried the same way he killed my son.”
She continued, “This might serve as a lesson to other people.” “If you don’t kill him, he’ll do more bad things in the future.”
The Taliban were denounced for regularly carrying out punishments in public, including executions at the national stadium in Kabul, between 1996 and 2001.
The Taliban vowed not to subject women to such brutal repression again. Women’s freedoms have been severely restricted since they seized power, and several women have been physically assaulted for calling for rights.
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Since the Taliban forbade girls from returning to secondary schools, no country has yet to recognize their new government, and the World Bank has withheld about $600 million (£458 million).
Additionally, the US has frozen billions of dollars held by the central bank of Afghanistan in accounts all over the world.