Court delays verdict on policemen in Farkhuda case
KABUL (Pajhwok): The primary court in capital Kabul on Sunday postponed issuing verdicts for 19 police officers charged in Farkhanda mob killing case.
The judge ruled that the murder case need to be investigated and the court need time to decide the fate of the accused policemen.
An angry mob beat 27-year-old Farkhanda to death on March 18 before setting her body on fire. She was accused of burning a copy of the holy Quran, a charge rejected by the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs.
Her last brutal moments were captured on mobile phone cameras by witnesses. The clips showed her being punched, kicked, beaten with planks of wood, pushed onto a roof and dropped from it, thrown in the street and run over by a car.
the primary court convicted and sentenced four men to death for their role in the mob killing of Farkhunda in March this year and sent another eight defendants to jail for 16 years each.
Safiullah Mujaddedi, the primary court judge, awarded capital punishment to Zain-ul-Abedin son of Gulabuddin, Mohammad Yaqoob son of Mohammad Yasin, Mohammad Sharif son of Sharafuddin, Abdul Bashir son of Abdul Shakoor on the charges of killing Farkhunda and burning her body.
Those sentenced to 16 years in jail included Ghiasuddin, Hasibullah, Akramuddin, Mohammad Imran, Abdul Fatah, Ghulam Mohammad, Mohmand and Sayed Noor Rahman. The convicts have the right to appeal the sentences.
The trial that began on Saturday involved 49 suspects, including 19 police officers, over the March 19 killing that sparked nationwide outcry and made international headlines.
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