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Afghanistan Executes Five Convicted Of Gang Rape

Five Afghan men convicted for the gang rape of four women have been executed in a Kabul prison.

The five were hanged at the Pul-e-Charkhi prison on October 8.

They were found guilty of kidnapping and attacking the female members of a group that was traveling back to Kabul from a wedding outside of the city in August.

The case led to angry protests outside the Kabul court while proceedings were broadcast live on Afghan television.

Human rights groups had urged President Ashraf Ghani to stop the execution, citing lack of evidence, allegations of forced confessions, and political interference.

Hamid Karzai, who was Afghanistan’s president at the time, called for the men to be hanged even before their trial was completed last month, and signed their death warrants just before he left office last week.

Based on reporting by Radio Free Afghanistan and AFP