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Taliban leader sentenced to death by Afghan court

Anas Haqqani, a senior leader of the Haqqani network, arrested by the Afghan Intelligence Service (NDS) in Khost province is seen in this handout picture released October 16, 2014. Afghan forces arrested the son of the feared Haqqani network's founder along with a militant commander in charge of suicide attacks, a blow to the Taliban-linked Islamist group, Afghanistan's intelligence service said Thursday. Haqqani was in charge of raising funds "from individuals from Arab countries" and recruitment through social media, the National Directorate for Security (NDS) said in a statement. He was arrested on October 14, 2014. REUTERS/National Directorate of Security Department/Handout (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CRIME LAW) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Islamabad[Pakistan]: A local court in Afghanistan has sentenced Taliban commander Sirajuddin Haqqani’s brother Anas Haqqani to death, reports said.

The Express Tribune quoted media reports as suggesting that Baseer Aziz, spokesperson for the office of attorney general has confirmed that a primary court awarded death sentence to Anas.

He, however, refused to comment on when and where the verdict was handed down.

Anas was captured by United States security officials after he visited Qatar in October, 2014, along with another leader Hafiz Rashid.

The U.S. officials later handed over Anas to Afghan authorities.

The Taliban had earlier confirmed Anas and Rashid’s detention, adding that the two had travelled to Qatar to meet Taliban leaders released from Guantanamo.

The Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid is yet to comment on the matter.

Meanwhile, the Afghan legal experts have said that local court convicts have the right to appeal in high court, as well as the Supreme Court.

While the Afghan officials say that Anas was taking care of fundraising for the Haqqani network, the Taliban, claimed he was a student, who held no position in the organisation.

The insurgent group had also accused Washington of violating an understanding reached during the exchange of prisoners, which allowed relatives to visit freed Guantanamo inmates. (ANI)