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Trial resumes in Farkhunda’s mob killing

Trial resumes in Farkhunda’s mob killing

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May 03, 2015 - 11:23

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The primary court in Kabul on Sunday resumed trial in Farkhunda’s lynching case and played a video showing a mob killing her on the second day of the trial as eight high security officials watched.

Judge Safiullah Mujadadi on Saturday 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.

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.

Fact finding commission head Fawzia Kufi on Saturday 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.

It was not clear when a verdict would be handed down in the trial that was originally expected to last two days.

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