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Report: Afghan Interpreters Who Worked For Dutch Summoned And Threatened By Taliban

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A Taliban fighter stands guard along a street near in Kabul, September 23, 2021.

Afghan interpreters who worked for the Netherlands have been ordered by the Taliban to appear in court and their families threatened if they fail to do so, Dutch public television NOS reported.

Several interpreters are in hiding and their families will be "severely punished as a lesson for other traitors" if they don’t turn themselves in, according to a letter from the Taliban, which was aired by the broadcaster on October 1.

The letter, which was sent to a former interpreter for the EU's policing agency Europol in Afghanistan, said the interpreter had worked for foreigners and received "their dishonorable, forbidden money."

NOS reported that several interpreters have received similar letters.

"We will take revenge. If we are not able to get hold of you, we will settle scores with your near ones," said another letter to an interpreter.

A Taliban member of the new administration in Kabul, Ahmadullah Wasiq, dismissed the report as "propaganda."

"It is possible that some people may be trying to leave the country & seek asylum through such claims," he wrote on Twitter.

Since coming to power in August, the Taliban has called on those who worked for foreign forces or the toppled government to repent.

The fundamentalist group has also said that former soldiers and government officials are needed to serve the country and issued a general amnesty.

But the UN and human rights groups have reported that the Taliban is tracking down people who worked with foreign forces and former government officials, in some cases detaining and killing them.

Earlier this month, the Taliban's acting defense minister, Mullah Mohammad Yaqub, admitted in an audio statement that the militants had committed revenge killings despite the group having declared an amnesty.

With reporting by AFP and De Telegraaf
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