Afghan authorities publicly execute murderer for first time since takeover

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The Afghan authorities have publicly implemented the hudood punishment of execution on a murderer in Farah province.

The Supreme Court of the Islamic Emirate imposed the decree of retribution on man called Tajmir, a resident of Jalwarcha village, Anjil district.

The man was convicted of beating and killing another man and then stealing his car and cell phone.

According to the authorities, the perpetrator was recognised by relatives of the deceased, who urged the authorities of Farah Province to arrest him. The man subsequently admitted his guilt over the incident which happened in 2017.

The Islamic Emirate used the Quranic verses justifying retribution and revenge for the relatives to carry out the hudood.

The execution, which was attended by senior Islamic Emirate leaders, was performed by the victim’s father, who shot the perpetrator three times.

Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said: “This matter was examined very precisely and repeatedly by the three courts of the Islamic Emirate (first instance, appeal, and appellate court). Later, this order was presented to the leader of the Islamic Emirate, His Highness Amir al-Mu’minin Sheikh Al-Hadith Maulvi Hibatullah Akhundzada, for confirmation.

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“A comprehensive discussion was held in the Grand Assembly, and in the end, they gave an order to apply the Shari’ah law of retribution to the murderer…

“In order to implement this order, the Supreme Court of the country was directed to implement this Qisas order on Wednesday, the 14th of the month of Jumadi Al-Awali of the year 1444 Hijri, in the centre of Farah province.

“At the end of the meeting, a prayer was made for the strengthening of the overall security in the country, for the people’s shari’ah rights and for the better implementation of the Islamic Shari’ah. Allah has ended by implementing the great order of retribution.”

A few months ago the leader of the Islamic Emirate, Sheikh Hibatullah Akhundzada, called for the implementation of Shari’ah law in Afghanistan, stressing the need to preserve Islamic values.

He told a gathering of provincial governors in Kandahar that there was a need to solve every problem through Shari’ah and not man-made laws.

“Over the past 20 years, there have been a lot of anti-Shari’ah and Islam rhetoric and laws which are made by the people are not implementable,” Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid was also quoted as saying.

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