Wednesday, October 20

Taliban prison minister announces that executions and amputations will resume but not in public



For security reasons and to follow Islamic law. That is the main reason that the minister of prisons of the new Taliban regime and a member of the hard core of the Taliban have alleged since its foundation, Nooruddin Turab, to support his proposal to resume the executions and amputations of hands.

Of the first Taliban government (1996-2001) one of the main horrors remembered were the executions in public, and sometimes in front of crowds in stadiums, which have also been carried out by jihadists from the so-called Islamic State. In an interview for the
AP agency
Turabi ignores concerns about public executions by urging the international community not to interfere with the policies of the new Afghan government.

“Everyone criticized us for the punishments at the stadium, but we have never said anything about their laws and their punishments,” Turabi said in Kabul. ‘No one will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam and make our laws according to the Koran.

In the case of murder, the family of the victim used to shoot the condemned person in the head if they did not accept the option of “money for blood” to allow the culprit to get out alive. Another punishment, in this case for thieves, was the amputation of a hand, and if the theft took place on the road, in that case a foot would also be amputated.


“Cutting off hands is very necessary for security,” Turabi said in the interview with the AP, insisting that such measures have a deterrent effect on the population. Of course, what seems less clear is that they make these punishments public.

Once the media focus has shifted from the new Taliban regime, in power since they took Kabul on August 15, the worst omens seem to be fulfilled by forced marches. The systemic discrimination and mistreatment of women and girls, the endemic economic and humanitarian crisis, is joined by the ultraconservative and radical interpretation of Islamic law despite the fact that the new Taliban elite make use of technological changes and are active users of social networks and smart phones.

According to the AP, the Taliban regime has already recovered one of its most used punishments during its first government: publicly embarrass to men accused of petty theft.

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