Amnesty attacks Kabul killings

LONDON (Reuter) - Amnesty International yesterday condemned the execution by hanging of three men in Afghanistan this week and said it feared the Afghan government's Islamic code of justice could lead to amputations and stonings.

Amnesty said the three executions in Kabul on Monday brought to seven the number of people executed since the code was introduced in May. At least eight more have reportedly been sentenced to death. Local people said the hangings were the first public execution in Kabul in two decades. Islamic courts found the men guilty of robbery, looting and murder.

Amnesty reported that a justice minister had said adulterers would be stoned to death and thieves have a hand or foot amputated.