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Afghan Authorities Execute Six More Death-Row Prisoners

November 21, 2012

Afghan authorities have executed six more death row prisoners, despite international condemnation.

Rafi Ferdous, a spokesman for Afghanistan's Council of Ministers, told Radio Free Afghanistan on November 21 that the prisoners were charged with plotting suicide attacks and attacks on Afghan security forces.

Authorities also hanged eight prisoners on November 20. Those executions were condemned by the European Union and international rights groups, which urged Kabul to stop future executions.

Executions were commonplace during Taliban rule from 1996-2001, but court-sanctioned executions have been rare since the Taliban was ousted from power.

Until November 20, only two people had been put to death in the past four years.

On November 21, the Taliban warned of reprisals if the government executes any of its militants.

With reporting by Reuters and AFP

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/afghan-authorities-execute-six-more-death-row-prisoners/24777524.html

Copyright (c) 2012. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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