April 20th, 2010 Headsman
On this date in 2004, an Afghanistan liberated from the Taliban enjoyed its first freedom-execution: the secret shooting for various war atrocities of Abdullah Shah.
And by “worked for,” we mean that Zardad kept Shah chained up in a cave, and used him to bite his prisoners and (!) devour their testicles.
Michael Vick, eat your balls out.
“Zardad’s Dog” — the guy’s nickname, as well as the title of a short film made about his case, which was also the first capital prosecution in post-Taliban Afghanistan — was well-qualified for his bestial career.
Implicated in possibly hundreds of deaths, his 20 murder convictions included three of his wives (another of his wives, whom Shah tried to burn to death, testified against him) and five of his own children.
“The president felt compelled by the need to ensure justice to the victims,” a Karzai spokesman said. “Especially in view of the nature of the crimes he [Abdullah Shah] committed.” So compelled was he that the government only publicly declared the execution a week later.
Skeptical observers have noted that Karzai might have also felt this particular “need to ensure justice to the victims” in a case where the condemned had the goods on some of the top men in Karzai’s own government, who resided further up Shah’s own chain of command.
Amnesty International considered his case rife with other irregularities. Kabul temporarily suspended judicial executions thereafter; the country would not carry out another execution until 2007 (pdf).
Shah’s eponymous boss, Zardad, slipped into England on asylum. A year after his “dog’s” execution, Zardad drew a 20-year sentence at the Old Bailey for various acts of torture and summary execution during Afghanistan’s civil war.
On this day..
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- 1785: Alexander Stewart, the first to hang at the Tolbooth - 2016
- 1824: Three Bondy brigands - 2015
- 1963: Julian Grimau, the last casualty of the Spanish Civil War - 2014
- 1945: The children of Bullenhuser Damm - 2013
- 1954: Michael Manning, the last hanged in Ireland - 2012
- 1534: Elizabeth Barton, the Holy Maid of Kent - 2011
- 1994: Rwandan Queen Dowager Rosalie Gicanda, and six attendants - 2009
- 1622: Antonio di Nicolo Foscarini - 2008