Abdul Wahid Dadshani’s attorney said on Monday his client, who threw his shoes at Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, that the National Directorate of Security (NDS) forced the suspect to apologize to Hekmatyar.
According to the attorney, Dadshani was taken to the Hizb-e-Islami leader’s residency where he was beaten by Hekmatyar’s men.
Four days ago Dadshani threw his shoes at Hekmatyar at a political event at a mosque. He was arrested by the NDS and is still in custody.
Following the incident in Herat mosque, Hekmatyar said he has forgiven the man, but his attorney on Monday said Dadshani was mistreated by the NDS and forced to apologize.
“Dadshani told me that he was taken to Baghe-e-Azadi to Hekmatyar and was forced to apologize in front of a camera. But he said what he did was his personal decision and he won’t apologize,” Sayed Hamid, Dadshani’s attorney said.
Herat’s NDS officials meanwhile rejected the claims and said Dadshani’s case will be referred to Herat’s attorney general’s office soon.
Herat’s association of lawyers however said Dadshani’s arrest and continued detention was illegal.
“Dadshani’s arrest from the first day was against articles 25 and 27 of the constitution and article 199 of the criminal enforcement code. Now as 72 hours have passed since he was jailed, having him in detention is not legitimate according to the law,” the head of Herat's Association of Lawyers, Rafi Naderi, said.
Meanwhile civil society activists in the province said a number of institutions looked into Dadshani’s case from a political perspective and warned if he was not freed by Tuesday, they will launch a demonstration.
“If he had committed illegal actions, then he would have been introduced to the legal and judicial institutions, but he did not. Civil society organizations will track the issue and if he is not freed, then we will launch a demonstration,” Jawad Hamid, a member of a civil society organization said.
Dadshani’s family members also said he is not linked to any political party or group, but some people want to treat his case politically.
“My brother’s action is rooted in his personal view regarding Hekmatyar’s remarks,” Dadshani's brother, Abdul Samad said.
“I would like to urge the political parties and groups not to sacrifice Dadshani for their political purposes,” Sayed Jawid Alavi, his uncle said.
According to the law, this case should be have been referred to legal and judicial institutions, but his attorney said despite there being no official complaint against him, he is still in jail.