Afghanistan executes 5 men in gang rape case

Afghan official: Authorities hang 5 men convicted of gang rape in case that galvanized nation

Afghanistan executes 5 men in gang rape case

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Kabul police chief says Afghan authorities have executed five men convicted of armed robbery and gang rape in a case that galvanized the nation this summer.

Gen. Mohammad Zahir Zahir says the men were hanged on Wednesday in the Puli Charkhi prison in the Afghan capital. Former President Hamid Karzai had approved and signed the execution order last month, on his last day in office.

In August, eight men, some dressed in police uniforms, stopped an Afghan family's car outside Kabul and sexually assaulted four of the women in the family, including one who was pregnant. Three of the suspects remain at large.

The five were convicted and sentenced to death Afghan last month. A sixth man who was executed on Wednesday was sentenced in a separate, unrelated murder case.

Updated : 2021-03-09 19:28 GMT+08:00