Death sentences for mob killing

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Published: Wednesday 6th May 2015 by The News Editor

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An Afghan judge has convicted and sentenced to death four men for their role in the brutal mob killing of a woman in Kabul in March.

Judge Safiullah Mojadedi announced the sentences at Afghanistan’s Primary Court in the capital as part of a trial of 49 suspects, including 19 police officers.

Judge Mojadedi sentenced eight defendants to 16 years in prison and dropped charges against 18. The remaining suspects are to be sentenced on Sunday.

The March 19 killing of the 27-year-old woman named Farkhunda in a central Kabul street shocked many Afghans and led to a nationwide movement calling for justice.

Prosecutors alleged that Farkhunda was beaten to death in a frenzied attack sparked by a bogus accusation that she had burned a copy of the Koran.

Published: Wednesday 6th May 2015 by The News Editor

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