Photographer Detained After Filming Taliban Execution of Two Women in Afghanistan
Friday, July 18, 2008
By Ahmad Shuja
The Afghan journalist who filmed and photographed the July 12 execution of two women by the Taliban says he was detained and held for two days by authorities in Afghanistan for suspected ties to terrorists.
The footage and photographs of the executions were distributed by the Associated Press and widely circulated on the Internet, giving rise to suspicions that the photographer, Rahmatullah Naikzad, was connected with the Taliban.
Naikzad interviewed and filmed the Taliban, who said on tape that the two women “took the pure girls and women” and “indulged them in immoral acts.”
After the interview, he said, the Taliban picked up the two burqa-clad women from a house, put them in a white Toyota Corolla and drove off to a different location.
Naikzad said he followed the Corolla on his bike, with a Taliban car following him.
About a half-hour later, he said, they stopped near Arzo village, close to the Ghazni-Paktika highway, on the outskirts of the province.
The women — one of whom appeared to be carrying a shopping bag — were then taken out of the car and told they would be executed.
Naikzad said he tried to persuade the Taliban not to carry out the executions.
“I told one of the Taliban, ‘These are women, they are harmless. Why would you want to kill them?’ But they didn’t listen to me.”
Somebody tell me why I'm supposed to feel sorry for these scumbag terrorists when they get locked in Gitmo, again?