Guerilla Commander Sirajuddin Haqqani’s brother Anas Haqqani was given a death sentence by a local Afghanistan court.
According to a media section, that quoted Baseer Aziz, spokesperson for the office of attorney general, said that a primary court sentenced Anas Haqqani to death, who was taken under custody by United States security officials, followed by his visit to Qatar in October, 2014. Baseer Aziz refused to make any comments further and didn’t reveal details regarding when and where the judgment was made.
Prior to the death sentence, the Taliban had confirmed Anas and Rashid’s apprehension, saying that they both had travelled to Qatar, to meet other Taliban leaders who had been released from Guantanamo. After which, the US handed over Haqqani and his accomplice who was a senior Taliban commander, to the Afghan authorities. The Afghan government on the other hand had claimed that Anas was apprehended by the Afghan authorities in the eastern Afghanistan.
The Afghan defense ministry’s website, ArmyAFG, also confirmed the reports regarding Haqqani’s death sentence, whilst the Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid, hasn’t made his comment regarding the situation yet.
According to the Afghan legal experts, those who are local court convicts, they have the right to appeal in high court and Supreme Court. Also, the Afghan legal experts have claimed that Anas Haqqani was the caretaker of all the fundraising for the network, whilst on the other hand, the Taliban have denied the claim, saying that Anas has been just a student and he held no other position in the organization whatsoever.
Also, the Taliban had accused US of disrespecting the understanding they had reached during the exchange of the prisoners, which allowed the relatives of the inmates to be visited by them. The judgement regarding the matter came after a few months, when the Afghan government had hung around six Taliban prisoners in Kabul. Following which, the Taliban later launched a chain of attacks on judges and court officials, as a part of retaliation.