Taliban Executes 7-Year-Old Spy

Hamid Karzai slams hanging as a 'crime against humanity'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2010 7:22 AM CDT
Afghan policemen stand guard at the check point of the Peace Jirga tent at Kabul Polytechnic University.   (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

(Newser) – The Taliban hanged a 7-year-old boy accused of spying for the government, reports the Daily Mail. Reports of the execution—yet to be confirmed by Afghan officials—drew the attention of President Hamid Karzai, reports CNN. "A 7-year-old boy cannot be a spy," he said. "A 7-year-old boy cannot be anything but a 7-year-old boy, and therefore hanging or shooting to kill a 7-year-old boy is a crime against humanity."

Adds British PM David Cameron, who was visiting Kabul: "If true, I think it says more about the Taliban than any book, than any article, than any speech could ever say."

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