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CEO unhappy with court ruling in Farkhunda case

CEO unhappy with court ruling in Farkhunda case

Jul 09, 2015 - 20:36

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday said he was concerned about the Appellant Court’s decision overturning death sentences in the mob killing of Farkhunda.

Abdullah, who met with family members of the slain woman, said the court verdict had raised multiple questions among the masses, a statement from his office said.

Parents of Farkhunda had rejected the court decision quashing death sentences given to four men in the broad daylight lynching in March in the capital Kabul.

An angry mob savagely beat the 27-year-old Farkhunda to death on March 18 before setting her body ablaze after she was falsely accused of burning a copy of the holy Quraninfo-icon, a charge rejected by the Ministry of Hajjinfo-icon and Religious Affairs.

Earlier, the Kabul primary court had convicted and sentenced four men to death for their role in the mob killing of Farkhunda 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 sentences and changed them into 20 years imprisonment.

A higher court has been moved against the appellant court verdict, however, the time of hearing is yet to be determined.


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