Afghanistan: Executions will return, says senior Taliban official

Executions will return, says senior Taliban official
Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, not pictured, said punishments such as amputations were "necessary". Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: The Taliban’s notorious former head of religious police, Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, has said extreme punishments such as amputations and executions will resume in Afghanistan.

Mullah Nooruddin Turabi is now in charge of prisons, said amputations were “necessary for security”.

He said these punishments may not be meted out in public, as they were under previous Taliban administration in the 1990s.

But the Taliban leader dismissed outrage over their past public executions: “No-one will tell us what our laws should be.”

Since taking control of Afghanistan in the last month, the Taliban have been promising a milder form of rule than in their previous term.

But there have already been several reports of human rights violations carried out by Taliban members across the country.

Human Rights Watch warned on Thursday that the Taliban in Herat were “searching out high-profile women, denying women freedom of movement outside their homes [and] imposing compulsory dress codes”.

And Amnesty International said in August that Taliban fighters were behind the massacre of 9 members of the persecuted Hazara minority.

Agnès Callamard, Amnesty’s Secretary-General, said at the time that the “cold-blooded brutality” of the killings was “a reminder of the Taliban’s past record, and a horrifying indicator of what Taliban rule may bring”.

Days before the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, a Taliban judge in Balkh, Haji Badruddin, siad that he supported the group’s harsh and literal interpretation of Islamic religious law.

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