Kabul lynch killing prompts death sentences
Four men have been sentenced to death in Kabul for their roles in the mob killing of a woman falsely accused of burning a Koran in March. The judge imposed lengthy prison terms on eight other defendants.
Afghan Primary Court judge Safiullah Mujadidi jailed eight other defendants for terms of 16 years on Wednesday, while dropping charges against 18 other accused.
He sentenced the four main accused to death by hanging.
The daylight murder of the 27-year-old woman, Farkhunda, near a shrine in central Kabul on March 19, sparked outrage against religious extremism in conservative Afghanistan.
Her killing triggered rare protests inside Afghanistan and in several foreign cities, drawing global attention to the treatment of Afghan women.
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Source News: DW