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Televised trial begins in mob killing of Farkhunda

Televised trial begins in mob killing of Farkhunda

May 02, 2015 - 15:50

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Kabul primary court on Saturday opened the trial of Farkhunda murder case and summoned eight high security officials to appear before the court at Sunday’s proceeding.

The officials summoned include Kabul police chief, Kabul crime branch police chief, chief investigative officer at the Ministry of Interior, Kabul communications director, a detective officer and an officer of the second police district, where the incident took place on March 19.

Farkhunda, 27, was lynched by a mob in front of a well-known mosqueinfo-icon “Shah-i-Doshamshera, in the heart of Kabul after she was falsely accused of burning pages from the holy Quraninfo-icon.

Furkhunda’s murder caused a national outcry, with civil societyinfo-icon activists holding gatherings to call for the perpetrators to be awarded an exemplary punishment.

Kabul primary court head Safiullah Mujadadi ruled that Kabul police chief Lt. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi, investigation chief Farid Ahmad Fazli, Kabul communications director, detection head at the 2nd police district, MoI chief investigator Lt. Gen Zahir Zahir and three others police officers should appear before the court on Sunday.

“We have ordered the detection organ to arrest the detection officer,” the judge said after the televised trial began. He added the fact-finding commission members should also be present in tomorrow’s hearing.

Fact finding commission head Fawzia Kufi said their investigation showed Farkhunda had not burned pages from the holy Quran and she had falsely been accused.

Broadcasted live on television nationwide, 49 suspects, including 19 police officers, faced charges relating to the mob killing of Farkhunda on March 19.

Charges were read against 10 of the defendants, including assault, murder and encouraging others to participate in the broad daylight lynching.

The policemen have been charged with neglecting their duties and failing to prevent the attack, although some have been suspected of actually participating.


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