11 policemen jailed over Farkhunda mob death
KABUL (Pajhwok): The primary court in capital Kabul on Tuesday sentenced 11 policemen to one year in jail for demonstrating negligence in Farkhunda killing case, while eight others police officials were acquitted.
An angry mob beat 27-year-old Farkhunda 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.
Judge Safiullah Mujadidi handed down sentences for police officials of 2nd police district included Hasibullah, Salih Mohammad, Ghulam Nabi, Shah Mohammad, Naz Mohammad, Abdul Sami, Mohammad Muqim, Shah Mohammad, Ghulam Nabi, Abdul Sabour, Jawad and Zabihullah for failing to protect the woman.
However, the court acquitted some police officials included Mohammad Zahir, Mohammad Halim, Abdul Wakil, Iqbal, Khawaja Kazim, Syed Ismail, Habib Rahman and Noor Aqa for lack of evidence.
Earlier, Judge Safiullah Mujadidi had said the court postponed verdict for 19 police officers charged in Farkhunda mob killing case because there was need for more investigations.
The court had already 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.
Dr. Humaira Qaderi, a civil society activist, told journalists here in Kabul they expected harsh punishments for both the perpetrators and those who failed to protect her.
She added the court should have investigated the case comprehensively and Kabul Police Chief Lt. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi and Lt. Gen. Mohammad Zahir Zahir Ministry of Interior criminal investigative chief should have also been among the main suspects.
“We wanted both these officials to respond along with other suspects,” she said, if these officials were not being prosecuted at least they should’ve been sacked from their posts.
Lawmaker Farkhunda Zahra Naderi and member of the fact-finding commission said: “I personally want to clearly state that both Kabul police chief and MoI criminal investigative chief have responsibility in this case. But unfortunately, as it is common in this country those with better political connections escape justice and the lower-ranking officials are made scapegoat.”
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