Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Afghanistan ends moratorium on death penalty, executes 15

Afghanistan executed 15 prisoners by firing squad Monday, the first use of the death penalty in three years, Reuters reported the same day.

According to state television, the executed men had been involved in various crimes, including the murder of foreign reporters and U.N. staff, theft and highway robbery.

A U.N. representative said that it would have been better if Afghanistan had maintained its moratorium on using the death penalty.

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