7th century justice in a 21st century world.

HERAT, Afghanistan — Faiz Ahmad says his life has become meaningless since the Taliban robbed him of his ability to work last week by chopping off his right hand and his left foot.

The 25-year-old driver from western Afghanistan is now recovering at Herat Regional Hospital after a hellish, monthlong ordeal as a captive of the Taliban.

“I have become useless,” he says. “I can’t do anything with my life anymore. I can’t be involved in any professions as I could before when I was able to do anything. I used to be able to farm and I was very good at driving.”

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi has confirmed that Taliban militants abducted Faiz and his friend, 22-year-old driver Zarin, a month ago from their village in the province’s Rabat Sangi district.

He also has confirmed that Taliban militants cut off the right hand and left foot of each man after holding them captive for four weeks.

The Taliban spokesman claims that the two were punished as “thieves” under the Taliban’s strict interpretation of Islamic law. He says the verdict was delivered against them by a Shari’a court after they confessed that they had stolen money, motorcycles, and other valuables from Muslims over a lengthy period of time.