Farkhunda case to reach court in 2 weeks: AGO
KABUL (Pajhwok): Claiming progress in Farkhunda lynching case, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) on Saturday said the case would be produced before a court within next two weeks.
Speaking to reporters in Kabul, AGO spokesman Basir Azizi said another two individuals had been arrested over their alleged involvement in killing Farkhunda. He said the new detainees were being investigated and their cases would be referred to a court in 14 days.
He recalled at least 49 people, including 19 police officials, had been detained in connection with the broad daylight murder.
The official said the AGO and the Ministry of Interior (MoI) were working in close coordination in the case spearheaded by 18 attorneys under the supervision of acting AG Noor Habib Jalal.
Azizi further said the AGO had received evidence from security and spy institutes about the involvement of other people in the case.
He said the AGO and lawyer bodies had appointed defence lawyers for each detainee, adding that innocent people would be released after the court’s ruling.
The spokesman said the suspects in Farkhunda’s killing also included security officials and the AGO would request the Supreme Court to form a separate bench for their trial.
An angry mob beat the 27-year-old to death on March 18 before setting her body on fire in front of a well-known shrine in the heart of Kabul after she was accused of burning a copy of the holy Quran, a charge rejected by the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs.
A fact-finding committee has found Farkhunda, a deeply religious woman, as innocent, saying no evidence showing the Quran had been desecrated, could be found.
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