Friday, 10 October 2014

Afghanistan Hangs Five Men Over Gang-rape




Afghanistan hanged five men on Wednesday over a gang rape that had shocked the country, officials said, despite requests from human rights groups for new President Ashraf Ghani to stay the executions to address concerns about the handling of the case, Pakistan News Service reported.

A gang rape by armed men is rare in Kabul, the capital, and the case tapped into a vein of anxiety as foreign troops leave the country while a badly stretched Afghan army and police fight a deadly Taliban insurgency. The case had been held up as a test of Ghani's resolve to reform a justice system often accused of lapses of due process.

"The trials have been marred by inconsistencies, un-investigated torture claims and political interference," said David Griffiths, Asia-Pacific deputy director of rights group Amnesty International.

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