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Capital punishment in Afghanistan


Capital punishment in Afghanistan

Capital punishment in Afghanistan is legal. It is applied for a variety crimes based on Islamic law, including murder, apostasy, homosexuality, rape, terrorism, drug trafficking and adultery. Under military law, it can be used in cases of treason and desertion. The two methods prescribed under Afghan law are hanging and firing squad.

The following is a list of recent state executions carried out by the Government of Afghanistan:

  • April 2004 - Abdullah Shah executed inside the Pul-e-Charkhi prison outside of Kabul.[1]
  • October 2007 - Fifteen prisoners were executed by shooting inside Pul-e-Charkhi prison in Kabul, including Reza Khan.[2]
  • June 2011 - Two mass killers were executed by hanging in Pul-e-Charkhi prison. One of the killers was Zar Ajam, a 17-year-old from Waziristan, Pakistan, who had randomly shot dead 40 people inside a branch of Kabul Bank in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.[3][4]
  • November 2012 - Fourteen prisoners were hanged inside Pul-e-Charkhi prison.[5][6]
  • October 2014 - Five men were executed by hanging inside Pul-e-Charkhi prison. The men were accused of robbery and gang rapes.[7][8]


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