Farkhunda case: Appellant court ruling denounced
KABUL (Pajhwok): Over a hundred protesters in capital Kabul on Monday denounced the appellant court verdict regarding revoking of death sentence of four accused in Farkhunda murder case.
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.
Earlier, the Kabul 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.
But the appellant court in its last week ruling quashed the death sentence and changed the jail terms of rest of the accused to 20 years imprisonment.
Protesters, including workers of the Afghanistan Solidarity Party (ASP) gathered at the Farkhunda Avenue next to Shah-i-Du Shamshera Masjid and rejected the appellant court decision.
Sili Ghafari, spokeswoman of the ASP, termed the decision of appellant court unfair because the session of the court was held secretly.
Earlier, the Afghan women’s Network (AWN) had also denounced the appellant court decision to revoke the death penalty of four individuals accused in Farkhunda murder case.
Lya Jawad, member of the AWN, had said the court hearing was expected to take place in open, but it was held off-camera.
She termed the court decision unjust and warned of wide range of protests next Tuesday if the decision was not reversed.
“We had doubt in the decisions of primary court and expected the appellant court would ensure justice which did not seemed to be happened in its latest decision,” she believed.
But, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani had reassured that law will take its own course in the widely reported Farkhunda killing case.
During a meeting with a delegation comprised civil society members--- advocating for a just solution of Farkhunda case---, the president said that the appellant court was yet to issue its final decision.
A statement from the Presidential Palace had said that the president could not legally intervene in the appellant court verdict but he would try to ensure that justice was done to Farkhunda and her family members.
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