Tuesday, April 27, 2004

POINT-BLANK: Afghanistan has executed its first war criminal, Abdullah Shah. Exciting no? He was executed on April 20th when a bullet was put in his head, after Karzai signed off on his death warrant. Shah did not have legal representation during the appeal. Am I the only one who finds this thing, well, troubling?

Abdul Mahmood Daqiq, the director of the Attorney General's office, said Shah was executed in Pul-e-Charkhi jail with a bullet to the back of the head. He said the death sentence was carried out in front of witnesses including representatives of the Afghan police and the Attorney General's office.
Point-blank, heh? Karzai’s government has promulgated laws and appointed judges but that does not mean there are sufficient legal safeguards to assure justice. Does Afghanistan’s legal system meet the international standards of legal justice? Can the safeguards and restrictions according to international standards for imposing capital punishment be observed in Afghanistan?

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