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Taliban flog Ghor couple on adultery charges

Taliban flog Ghor couple on adultery charges

Feb 18, 2013 - 17:20

CHAGHCHARAN (PANinfo-icon): A 30-year-old woman, a relative of a former Talibaninfo-icon governor, was publicly whipped by the rebels for having alleged sexual relations with a man who received 27 lashes before being expelled from western Ghorinfo-icon province, officials said on Monday.

The whipping took place in Gurgin village of Charsada district late on Friday, a provincial high peace councilinfo-icon member, Nasrullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The woman, sister-in-law of ex-Taliban governor Mullahinfo-icon Ahmad Shah, was whipped 40 times on the charge of committing adultery, he said, adding she had been sent into exile for three years and the man for six years.

Nasrullah said the order came from a Taliban-designated district chief, Mullah Abdul Rahman, who is also a member of the movement’s ulemainfo-icon council.

Another high peace council member, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Taliban ran their own courts in areas under their control.

Afghanistaninfo-icon Human Rights Commission Director for Ghor Jawad Rezaee remarked a person was presumed innocent until proven guilty. The pair should have been tried under the country's law on the basis of evidence, he suggested.

“No one has the right to order punishment when there is no one to defend the accused. The punishment amounts to depriving the couple of their right to defend themselves,” he added.

Deputy head of the appellant court, Maulviinfo-icon Hafizullah, said it was the Taliban's way of handing out justice that had no legal basis.





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