Eleven Afghan policemen jailed over Farkhunda mob killing

Relatives of Afghan woman, 27-year-old Farkhunda, who was beaten to death by a mob, attend a hearing at a court in Kabul. May 6, 2015,
Relatives of Afghan woman, 27-year-old Farkhunda, who was beaten to death by a mob, attend a hearing at a court in Kabul earlier this month  Photo: AFP/Getty

An Afghan judge has sentenced 11 policemen to one year in prison for their role in the mob killing of a woman in Kabul who had been falsely accused of burning a Koran.


A picture of Farkhunda is displayed during her funeral ceremony (Reuters)

Judge Safiullah Mojadedi on Tuesday found the officers guilty of dereliction of duty for failing to prevent the killing of 27-year-old Farkhunda, who was beaten to death at a shrine in the Afghan capital on March 19 in a case that prompted outrage around the country.

Another eight policemen were released for lack of evidence. In total, 49 people have been charged over the death.


Afghan protesters hold a rally to protest about Farkhunda's death in front of the Supreme Court in Kabul (AFP/Getty)

The attack shocked Afghanistan and reverberated around the world, highlighting the brutality women face in the country's conservative society.

Earlier this month, four defendants were sentenced to death, eight to 16 years in prison, and 18 were freed for lack of evidence.

Source : telegraph[dot]co[dot]uk
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