Conviction of a Brutal Killer Leaves Afghan Justice on Trial

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So when Shah, 37, was convicted of multiple violent crimes and sentenced to death last week by a national security court here, many Afghans cheered the verdict as a milestone for the country’s fledgling justice system and a potential model for prosecuting other war crimes that flourished in the chaotic period before the Taliban takeover in 1996.

But international human rights monitors here charge that the proceedings against Shah were so biased and deeply flawed that the case might instead undermine efforts to bring to justice former militia leaders who allegedly committed or ordered a range of crimes and atrocities over the past decade.”