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Killer Sentenced to Death in Kabul - 2002-10-16


A court in Afghanistan's capital Kabul has sentenced to death one of the country's most notorious commanders for murdering at least nine people.

Abdullah Shah is expected to appeal today's (Tuesday) verdict. If the court's decision is upheld, it would be the first official execution in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taleban government late last year.

Officials say Shah served as a commander in the Hezb-i-Islami faction during the 1990s.

They say he was known as a checkpoint operator on a main highway between Kabul and the eastern city of Jalalabad, killing travelers who refused to pay toll fixed by him.

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