Afghanistan's Supreme Leader Ordered Stricter Sharia Law to Rule, Including Executions and Amputations

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Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada asked to examine the cases of robbers, kidnappers and rioters. Islamic law also punishes adultery, false accusations, alcohol consumption, theft, apostasy, and rebellion

Afghanistan's supreme leader ordered stricter sharia to rule, including executions and limb-severing

Haibatullah Taliban leader Akhundzada

The supreme leader of the Taliban in Afghanistan ordered judges to full application of Islamic law, including public executions, stoning , whipping and amputation as punishment for thieves, a Taliban spokesman said.

In a tweet posted Sunday night, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid indicated that this “mandatory” order emanates from Taliban Supreme Leader Hibatullah Akhundzada, after a meeting with the judges.

Akhundzada, who has not been filmed or photographed in public since the Taliban regained power in August 2021, runs the country by decree from Kandahar, a town in the south of the country that is the cradle of the movement fundamentalist.

“Carefully examine the cases of thieves, kidnappers and rioters,” the spokesman wrote, quoting the supreme leader on the application of sharia, Islamic law .

“In cases where all the conditions of sharia are met (…) they are obligated to implement” the set of sanctions provided for he added.

Mujahid was not available Monday for further details.

Afghanistan's supreme leader ordered stricter sharia to apply, including executions and limb-severing

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The paramount chief made references to crimes considered by Islamic law to be the most serious for which different penalties are provided, including corporal punishment.

The list includes adultery, the false accusations that someone committed this offense, but also alcohol consumption, theft, apostasy and rebellion.

According to Islamic scholars, for there to be a conviction for any of these offenses it is necessary to gather sufficient evidence, for example in the case of adultery, the confession or the testimony of four Muslim adults who are male.

Upon their return to power, the Taliban vowed to loosen their enforcement of Sharia law, but quickly reverted to a highly rigid interpretation of Islam that marked their first term in power between 1996 and 2001.

Conservatives appear to control the Taliban government, which is struggling to govern and remains isolated on the international stage. The economic crisis has plunged millions more Afghans into poverty and hunger while foreign aid has been cut to a minimum.

Last week, the Taliban banned women from wearing of the gyms. It was the latest edict by the religious group limiting women's rights and freedoms since it came to power more than a year ago.

Following a lightning campaign, the Taliban seized power in August 2021. Since then, they have barred girls from secondary and higher education and, despite initial promises to the country, have restricted women's access most jobs and require them to be covered from head to toe in public.

The new measure was taken because people ignored gender segregation orders and because women did not wear hijabs, or headscarves, as required, explained Mohammed Akef Mohajer, spokesman for the Ministry of Virtue and Vice.

< p class="paragraph">Based on the regulations that came into force this week, women are also not allowed to enter the parks.

According to Akef Mohajer, in the last 15 months the The group has “done everything possible” to avoid closing parks and gyms to women, mandating their use on separate days of the week or enforcing segregation by sex. “But unfortunately the orders have not been followed and the rules have been violated” which prompted the restrictions, the spokesperson said.

“In most cases, we have seen men and women together in parks and, unfortunately, the hijab was not respected. So we had to make another decision,” he added, noting that Taliban groups will control the establishments to see if women continue to use them.

(With information from AFP and AP)< /i>

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