Nine men are publicly flogged up to 39 times each by the Taliban in front of a packed football stadium
- The nine men were lashed at the Ahmad Shahi stadium in Kandahar today
- The Taliban has imposed Sharia Law in Afghanistan, invoking harsh punishments
- Hundreds gathered to watch the brutal sentences being administered
The Taliban has viciously flogged nine men during a public show trial in a packed football stadium.
The draconian punishments were handed out in the Ahmad Shahi Stadium in Kandahar today by the Islamist regime.
Under Sharia Law, the men arrested on unspecified charges were lashed between 35 and 39 times in front of officials, religious clerics, elders and locals.
Hundreds gathered to watch the brutal sentences being administered, with some even climbing up trees for a good view of the proceedings.
The Taliban has viciously flogged nine men during a public show trial in a packed football stadium
Hajj Zaid, spokesman for Kandahar Province, said yesterday: ‘Warning! At 11am this morning, nine criminals were sentenced for various crimes by the court of appeals court at Ahmedshahi Grand Stadium in Kandahar.
‘So every Muslim brother can participate. Day: Tomorrow, Tuesday, Time: 11am, Place: Kandahar City, District 2, Ahmed Shahi Large Stadium.’
The lashings were the latest example of harsh policies imposed by the Taliban since they seized power in the country in August 2021 – policies that reflect their interpretation of Islamic law, or Sharia.
Zaid and other Taliban officials in Kandahar could not immediately be reached for more comment.
Last month, the Taliban executed an Afghan convicted of killing another man, the first public execution since the former insurgents returned to power.
Under Sharia Law, the men arrested on unspecified charges were lashed between 35 and 39 times in front of officials, religious clerics, elders and locals
The draconian punishments were handed out in the Ahmad Shahi Stadium in Kandahar today by the Islamist regime
The execution was carried out with an assault rifle by the victim’s father in western Farah province as hundreds of spectators and many top Taliban officials watched.
No country has officially recognized the new Afghan government under the Taliban, who previously ruled Afghanistan in the late 1990s.
The extremists have cracked down on women’s rights in recent months, suspending girls from attending schools in a move sparking fury worldwide.
They also announced the exclusion of women from NGO work, a move that has prompted four major international aid agencies to suspend operations in Afghanistan.
Despite initially promising a more moderate rule respecting rights for women and minorities when they took power last year, the Taliban have widely implemented their strict interpretation of Islamic law, or Sharia.
They have banned girls from middle school and high school, restricted women from most employment and ordered them to wear head-to-toe clothing in public.
Women are also banned from parks and gyms.