11 policemen jailed over mob killing of woman in Afghanistan

The Afghanistan judge announced the sentences as part of a trial of 49 suspects, including 19 police officers for brutally killing a woman.

By: Associated Press | Kabul | Published: May 19, 2015 1:14:19 pm
Defendants are guarded by a security official, second left, as they attend their trial at the Primary Court, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. An Afghan judge has convicted and sentenced the four men to death for their role in the brutal mob killing of a woman in Kabul in March. The judge announced the sentences Wednesday as part of a trial of 49 suspects, including 19 police officers. He also sentenced eight defendants to 16 years in prison and dropped charges against 18. The remaining suspects are to be sentenced on Sunday. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan) An Afghan judge has convicted and sentenced the four men to death for their role in the brutal mob killing of a woman in Kabul in March. The judge announced the sentences Wednesday as part of a trial of 49 suspects, including 19 police officers. He also sentenced eight defendants to 16 years in prison and dropped charges against 18. The remaining suspects are to be sentenced on Sunday. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

An Afghan judge has sentenced 11 policemen to one year in prison for their role in the mob killing of a woman in Kabul.

Judge Safiullah Mojadedi on Tuesday found them guilty of dereliction of duty. Another eight were released for lack of evidence.

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A total of 19 policemen were among 49 people charged over the death of 27-year-old Farkhunda, who was brutally beaten to death at a Kabul shrine on March 19 after being falsely accused of burning a Quran.

The attack shocked Afghanistan and reverberated around the world, highlighting the brutality women face in the country’s conservative society.

Earlier this month, four defendants were sentenced to death, eight to 16 years in prison, and 18 were freed for lack of evidence.

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