Female judges ‘in direct danger’ and risk being hunted down by prisoners freed by Taliban

FEMALE judges in Afghanistan fear for their lives as they risk being hunted down by prisoners freed by the Taliban.

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Around 250 women were working as judges in Afghanistan before the terror group took over control of the country. Many were unable to board evacuation flights to flee the Taliban and remain stranded.

Those working in the legal sector, along with journalists and translators are seen as high-profile targets for the militant fighters.

One female judge who managed to flee to Europe said the release of men who have been jailed “really put the lives of women judges in danger”.

Speaking anonymously, the high-ranking legal professional said several fighters had already gone to her home in Kabul seeking revenge.

She said: “Four or five Taliban members came and asked people in my house: ‘Where is this woman judge?’

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The Taliban has seized control of Afghanistan (Image: GETTY)

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Brave women protest in Kabul (Image: GETTY)

“These were people who I had put in jail.”

A small group of legal workers were fast-tracked out of Afghanistan with assistance from human rights volunteers and staff at the International Association of Women Judges.

Terrifying notes have been sent by colleagues who were unable to make it out of Afghanistan.

She added: “Their messages are of fear and complete terror.

“They tell me if they do not get rescued their lives are in direct danger.”

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The Taliban is said to be targeting high-ranking officials in Afghanistan (Image: GETTY)

Moria Mosadiq, an Afghan human rights activist, said all women in a position of authority were in danger.

She stated prisoners “are calling with death threats to women judges, women prosecutors and women police officers, saying ‘we will come after you’.”

Justice Minister Robert Buckland revealed last week that the UK had rescued nine female judges.

He added Britain was working to provide safe passage for more of the “very vulnerable people”.

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Evacuations from Afghanistan ended on August 31 (Image: GETTY)

Mr Buckland, a qualified barrister, acknowledged the grave concerns of those in the profession.

He said: “A lot of these judges were responsible for administering the rule of law and quite rightly they are fearful about the consequences that could now face them with the rise of the Taliban.”

Even before the Taliban coup last month and the withdrawal of western forces, those in authority were at risk.

In January, two female Supreme Court justices were shot dead.

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A timeline of the conflict in Afghanistan (Image: EXPRESS)

The Taliban has said women’s rights will be protected, but have yet to provide details.

Just four days after evacuation flights ended, the Taliban has seized control of the last province holding out against the barbaric regime.

Taliban sources said fighters had taken over Panjshir on Friday and celebrated with deadly gunfire.

The Shamshad news agency said “aerial shooting” in Kabul killed 17 people and wounded 41.

Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted: “Avoid shooting in the air and thank God instead. Bullets can harm civilians, so don’t shoot unnecessarily.”

Roy Walsh

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