Kangaroo trial: 3 men executed on murder charges
FIROZKOH (Pajhwok): Illegal militiamen executed three men accused of killing an education officer’s son after a kangaroo trial staged by their two commanders in western Ghor province, an official said on Tuesday.
Requesting anonymity, the security official said the three men were killed in the Kamenj area of Shahrak district on the accusation of killing, Abdul Tawab, the son of Shahrak district education officer, Mohammad Muhsen.
Also an employee of the district education department, Abdul Tawab had been kidnapped by unknown gunmen from his father-in-law’s house in Kamenj area last week and his body was found on Friday last.
On request from Muhsen, Mullah Mustafa, who held a strong sway in the area, captured two men and handed them over to Muhsen and Mullah Mahmoud, another illegal militia commander.
Later another four men, including relatives of Muhsen and the local commander, were captured, the source said.
The investigation panel comprising local religious leaders and the two commanders ordered three of the six men to be gunned down. The surviving men remained captive, he said.
“When the education officer’s son was killed, the government also sent a delegation to the area, but it returned to the provincial capital after the father asked it to leave as the kangaroo court was set to begin.”
“We tried to produce the accused persons before a government court, but the government was unable to put hand on the two commanders.”
A local resident, also wishing not to be named, said the three men were executed in area where security posts were also located. He said the commander of the posts was a brother of Mustafa.
The acting governor, Abdul Hai Khatebi, said such kangaroo courts were not acceptable and said those affected by verdicts from such courts should approach judicial organs.
He added security officials had arrested two persons in connection with the murder after the father lodged a complaint and the detainees were currently being investigated.
The governor said four security posts existed in the area where the three men were executed, but police, outnumbered by the militiamen, could not interfere.
Khatebi, however, vowed legal action against individuals staging the executions.
Four years ago, commander Mustafa shot dead a person in front of people on charges that he murdered a man.
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