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Afghanistan’s Ghani Expedites Executions


FILE - Fingers of an man sentenced to death are seen through a vehicle's rear window at a jail in Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 8, 2014. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani promised to expedite the execution process for insurgents sentenced to death.

FILE - Fingers of an man sentenced to death are seen through a vehicle's rear window at a jail in Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 8, 2014. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani promised to expedite the execution process for insurgents sentenced to death.

Afghanistan's president is expected to soon sign the execution orders for prisoners who have been convicted on terrorism-related charges.

Ashraf Ghani promised to expedite the execution process for insurgents sentenced to death, following the April 19 explosion in Kabul that killed 64 people and wounded an additional 300.

The president's vow came one day before the Taliban asked human rights organizations and the International Committee of the Red Cross to intervene on their behalf with the Afghan government.

A spokesman for the president's office told VOA Ashna Dari Radio that Ghani has the list of prisoners sentenced to death and is making the decision about when the executions will take place.

The Kabul attack, claimed by the Taliban, sparked strong domestic reactions, with some Afghan politicians calling for the execution of imprisoned Taliban members.

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