Public execution sought for Abasin’s killers
They warned of launching a series of protests and blocking roads if their demand went unheard.
Abasin was kidnapped some more than three months ago from Rahman Mena area of Kabul City and a few days after his abduction, the kidnappers cut off one of his fingers. The boy was later killed after being severely tortured.
The kidnappers had sought a ransom from Abasin’s family in exchange for his release. The body of the child was found in the Khak-i-Jabbar district of the capital four days ago.
Police have detained more than 10 suspects in connection with the kidnap-murder case in Kabul and southeastern Paktia province.
On Monday, the Afghanistan Civil Society Groups Coordination Centre, a coalition of more than 100 groups, Zazi Scientific and Cultural Group, General Council of Alokozai tribe and regional council of Kabul’s Sarobi district representatives demanded public execution of the kidnappers and killers of Abasin.
Khan Zaman Amarkhel, head of the Afghanistan Civil Society Groups Coordination Centre, said the government should investigate the kidnap-slaying case in a transparent manner and execute the killers in public.
He said the government, particularly security forces, had exhibited weakness in rescuing Abasin and if the killers were not punished, the security officials concerned would be declared complicit in the murder.
At the end of the gathering, the participants issued a resolution that asked the government to investigate all aspects of the martyred Abasin case, share progress with the media and public and award the killers harsher punishment in an open trial.
It asked the government to discourage crimes, prevent corruption in judicial organs and adopt strict stance against kidnapping groups.
Sarobi Council member Mohammad Salim said the murder of Abasin had shocked the entire Afghanistan and their demands in this regard were not accepted, the people of Sarobi would block the Kabul-Nangarhar road until their demands were met.
Abasin’s father Haji Abdul Ghafoor also attended the gathering. He said his demand was that his son’s killers be severely punished in public and in this regard, President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah had assured him support.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News: “My Abasin was martyred, it might be the verdict of God, but my demand on the government and parliament is that currently 300 people have been kidnapped and they are in clutches of their kidnappers, please do something for their release.”
A day earlier, a protest rally in the capital of eastern Nangarhar province demanded a public hanging for the killers of Abasin.
The parliament has commended the murder of Abasin and has demanded stern action against kidnapping gangs.
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