AFGHANISTAN. THREE SENTENCED TO DEATH IN KANDAHAR FOR ABDUCTION AND MURDER
April 12, 2006: a court in Afghanistan awarded capital punishment to three people convicted of abducting and later killing a child in the southern province of Kandahar. Abdul Shakoor, 20, hailing from Farha, Baryalai Almas, 19, from Parwan and Musa Khan, 19, from Kunar were all sentenced to death.
A fourth person, Qudratullah, 17, from Uruzgan and cousin of the deceased child was given 15-years imprisonment for cooperating with the abductors, he had originally been sentenced to death but had the punishment commuted due to his age. The four were found guilty of murdering six-year-old Sher Muhammad after his family declined to pay a ransom. (Sources: Pajhwok Afghan News, 12/04/2006)