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AGO to move apex court in Farkhanda murder case

AGO to move apex court in Farkhanda murder case

Jul 22, 2015 - 21:24

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Not satisfied with the Appellant Court’s decision in the Farkhanda murder case, the Attorney General Office (AGO) on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court (SC) to issue its verdict in the case.

An angry mob beat 27-year-old Farkhanda to death on March 18 before setting her body ablaze after she was falsely accused of blasphemy. The Kabul primary court convicted and sentenced four men to death for their role in the mob killing 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 a secret hearing quashed the death sentences of the four men, drawing strong criticism from the Afghan Womeninfo-icon’s Network (AWN) and other civil societyinfo-icon organizations.

AGO spokesman Basir Azizi told reporters in Kabul: “Once the case is sent back to us, the AGO will move the Supreme Court for a final decision.” He added primary and appellant courts’ decisions did not satisfy the AGO and therefore the case would be referred to the apex court.


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