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UN mission regrets hanging of convicted terrorists

UN mission regrets hanging of convicted terrorists

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May 09, 2016 - 17:25

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon (UNAMA) on Monday voiced its regrets over the execution of six militants convicted on terrorism charges.

A day earlier, officials said six terrorists sentenced to death were hanged inside the Pul-i-Charkhi prison on the eastern outskirts of the capital Kabul.

The Presidential Palace said the convicts were involved in major crimes against civilians and public security. They were hanged based on the country’s constitution and Islamic laws.

“In line with the UN”s continued call for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, UNAMA regrets the execution of six alleged perpetrators of serious crimes and crimes against civilians,” a statement by the mission said.

The United Nations, notingthe absence of what it called a conclusive evidence of the deterrent value of the death penalty, argued the use of the capital punishment did not contribute to public safety.

UNAMA said it encouraged the government of Afghanistan to expedite legal reform, which would allow death sentences to be commuted to life imprisonment.

The militants executed included a Haqqani terrorist member as well as an Al-Qaeda affiliate who were mainly involved in high profile attacks including the assassination of former president Burhanuddin Rabbani.

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