SYDNEY (dpa) – An Afghan who had lived in Australia for 14 years was tortured and executed by the Taleban when he returned to visit relatives, an Australian broadcaster reported Monday.
Sayed Habib Musawi, 56, was murdered by the Taleban because he held an Australian passport, an Afghan official told Australian broadcaster ABC.
The deputy governor of Ghazni province, Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, said Musawi was tortured before he was shot three times.
“Of course the reason is that he is an Afghan-Australian,” Ahmadi told the network’s AM programme. “He didn’t do anything wrong. He wasn’t a criminal. He wasn’t involved in government activities.”
Musawi arrived in Australia by boat as a Hazara refugee in 2000 and his wife and four children joined him in Sydney in 2005.
An Australian government spokesman said the embassy in Kabul was still trying to confirm reports of the death.