Afghan police sentenced for mob killing of woman

Afghan court has sentenced police officers to one year in jail during a trial over a brutal mob killing a woman

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

An Afghan judge sentenced 11 police officers to one year in jail for failing to stop a mob killing of a woman in Kabul. Eight other officers who are accused of neglecting their duties were freed.

Total of 49 people stand trial for the brutal incident, four of them were given death sentences in an earlier trial. Eight defendants have got 16 years in jail for charges of assault, murder and encouraging others to participate in the assault. 18 were released due to a lack of evidence.

The defendants have the right to appeal.

The twenty seven-year-old woman, named only Farkhunda, was accused of burning a Quran and beaten to death in central Kabul in March, as police allegedly looked on. The murder sparked several unprecedented protests in Kabul and other major cities of Afghanistan.


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