By RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi Abubakar Siddique Ron Synovitz September 21, 2021 KABUL — Afghanistan’s former prosecutors once worked to rid their country of its most dangerous criminals by building court cases to put them behind bars. Now, former prosecutors are hiding themselves from those same criminals — the murderers and drug dealers who were freed by
By Ron Synovitz Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 8, 2021 A return to lurid public executions and floggings is inevitable in Afghanistan as the Taliban transforms the country’s court system under its strict interpretation of Islamic law, an Afghan legal scholar says. “We’re going to go back,” says Haroun Rahimi, an assistant law professor for the
AP: A video of two men slapping and abusing Nazar Mohammad, better known as Khasha Zwan, spread widely on social media. He was later killed, shot multiple times. Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid acknowledged that the two men were Taliban. Click here to read more (external link).
1TV: Daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador in Islamabad was kidnapped on Friday and was tortured before being released, Afghan authorities said. Silsila Alikhel was kidnapped by unknown individuals on way to her home, Afghanistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement. Click here to read more (external link).
1TV: The International Criminal Court and the United Nations have been asked to investigate the killing of former Afghan television presenter Yama Siawash. Siawash, a former anchor on the private TV channel Tolo News who had been working at the country’s central bank, was killed last year by a bomb on a car that was
By Phil Mercer VOA News June 7, 2021 SYDNEY – Australia’s most decorated Afghanistan veteran will deny alleged war crimes Monday at the start of his high-stakes defamation trial against one of the country’s biggest media companies. Ben Roberts-Smith will seek to prove he was unfairly portrayed in newspaper stories as having broken the moral and legal rules of war. He is seeking damages in Australia’s Federal Court from
1TV: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has asked International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to investigate murders of journalists and media workers in Afghanistan since March 2020, involving 11 deaths. It said that such murders could be regarded as war crimes. Click here to read more (external link).
Ariana: The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Fatou Bensouda and her team met a high-level delegation from Afghanistan, including Foreign Minister Haneef Atmar, in a bid to achieve justice for the Afghan people by holding perpetrators of “atrocity crimes” accountable. Click here to read more (external link).
AP: A California man [Saed Ismail Amiri, 38, of Granite Bay] pleaded guilty Tuesday in a scheme to bilk the Afghanistan government out of more than $100 million with a phony bid to build an electric grid, authorities said. Click here to read more (external link).
NPR: When it started, the boy had been dozing on a mat in a room crammed with family visiting for a wedding. When it ended, his uncle and five other relatives, including small children, were dead. Ras-Mohammad Dost recounts what happened late that night in February 2009 when Australian elite forces approached his family’s compound…