Mullah Noureddin Turabi, one of the founders of the Taliban and the foremost executor of his strict interpretation of Islamic law when he ruled Afghanistan, said the Taliban will carry out death sentences and amputations, but may not. in public.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Mullah Noureddin Turabi rejected anger over the executions carried out by the “Taliban” in past, sometimes occurring under the gaze of the crowd in sports stadiums, and put in guard the world from confrontation with the new rulers of Afghanistan.
“Everyone criticized us for taking penalties in the stadium, but we never said anything about their laws and sanctions,” he said from Kabul. He added: “Nobody will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam and make our laws based on the Koran.”
Since the Taliban took control of Kabul on August 15, Afghans and the world are watching to see if they will restore their hard line rule Just as it was in the late nineties of the last century.
Turabi’s statements indicate the extent to which Taliban leaders still cling to an uncompromising view, even as they have embraced technology and its changes, such as cell phones and video clips.
Turabi, in his sixties, was Minister of Justice and head of the so-called ministry for the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice – or in practice religious police – during the previous “Taliban” government.
At the time, the world condemned the “Taliban” sanctions, which were carried out in the sports stadiums in Kabul or in the vast courtyard of the Eid Gah mosque, usually frequented by hundreds of Afghan men.
Most executions of murder inmates were carried out with a single blow to the head, by the victim’s family, who were free to accept “bloody money” and let the offender live. For convicted thieves, the punishment was amputation. For those convicted of robbery in road, the penalty was the amputation of the hand and foot.
Trials and convictions were rarely public and judicial powers were in the hands of clergymen whose legal knowledge was limited to jurisprudence.
This time, al-Turabi said, judges, including women, will decide on cases, but the basis for Afghan laws will be the Quran. He said the sanctions themselves would be reinstated.
He stressed that “hand cutting is absolutely necessary for safety” and has a deterrent effect. He added that the government is studying whether public sanctions will be imposed and “will establish a policy”.
In recent days in Kabul the Taliban fighters have repeated a punishment they used in past: public defamation of men accused of petty theft.
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