Reuters photojournalist parents murdered in Afghanistan bring Taliban to court

The parents of Reuters photographer Darnish Sidiki, who was killed in Afghanistan last year, have filed a proceeding against a Taliban terrorist group at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, 38, was killed on July 16, 2021 as a terrorist group gained control of the country. Before his death, Sidiki accompanied Afghanistan’s special forces to Spin Buldak, a town near the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“On Tuesday, March 22, 2022, Danish Sidiki’s parents, Aktar Sidiki and Shahida Aktar, will investigate his murder and bring the Taliban’s officials and leaders to justice. We will begin to take action, “said the family of photojournalist. Official statement.

Sidiki was injured in the Taliban attack and was taken to a mosque for treatment, which was also attacked. He was subsequently detained, tortured and killed, a statement from his family said.

“Our beloved son, the Danes, was killed by the Taliban just by performing a journalistic mission,” Sidiki’s mother, Shahida Aktar, said in a statement. “He was tortured and amputated at a barbaric level during their detention.”

“The Danes have always shown honesty and honesty in his work. He has always shown the pain and suffering of people. He has always been brave and courageous,” she added.

A few days before his death, Twitter’s Siddiki said the vehicle he was driving in special forces was targeted.

“I was fortunate to be able to shoot one of the rockets hitting the top of the armor plate in a safe manner.” He wrote.

On the same day, I posted a photo of myself during a break. “15 hours of continuous missions.”

Avi Singh, a New Delhi-based lawyer, said at an online press conference with six leaders and the Taliban that Siddiqui’s parents killed their son at a Hague-based ICC. He said he was seeking legal action from another unidentified commander. He was a photojournalist and an Indian citizen.

Singh and his family said in a statement that Sidiki was “illegally detained, tortured and killed by the Taliban and his body severed.”

“These acts and this killing constitute not only murder, but crimes against humanity and war crimes.”

The commander of Afghanistan’s former special operations force, which hosted Sidiki, said a photojournalist was accidentally left behind by two commands when soldiers withdrew from Spinboldak during a fierce battle with the Taliban. ..

In August, the Taliban denied that Siddiqui had been captured and executed.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Isabelle van Brugen


Isabel van Brugen is an award-winning journalist and currently a news reporter for The Epoch Times. She holds a Master’s degree in Newspaper Journalism from City University of London.