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Stoning not a part of new legal code in Afghanistan, Karzai says

Afghan President Hamid Karzai attends a photo session during the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan in Tokyo, Japan on July 8, 2012. UPI/Keizo Mori
Afghan President Hamid Karzai attends a photo session during the "Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan" in Tokyo, Japan on July 8, 2012. UPI/Keizo Mori | License Photo

KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The Afghan government will not reintroduce stoning as punishment for adultery, despite its inclusion in a proposed legal code, President Hamid Karzai said.

"It is not correct. The Minister of Justice has rejected it," Karzai told Radio Free Afghanistan.

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The policy of stoning those convicted of "moral crimes" was used in Afghanistan during the rule of the Islamist Taliban regime, in power from the mid-1990s to 2001, Radio Free Europe noted Friday.

Earlier this week, the New York-based Human Rights Watch urged the country to reject the punishment, calling on Karzai to "demonstrate at least a basic commitment to human rights, and reject this proposal."

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