Suspects in Afghanistan Mob Killing on Trial

Suspects in Afghanistan Mob Killing on Trial

The trial of 49 suspects, including 19 police officers, on charges relating to the brutal mob killing of an Afghan woman began Saturday in Kabul.
The opening of the trial at Afghanistan’s Primary Court was broadcast live on nationwide television. The suspects all face charges relating to the March 19 killing of a 27-year-old woman named Farkhunda, AP reported.
A prosecutor read charges against 10 of the defendants, including assault, murder and encouraging others to participate in the assault. The police officers are charged with neglecting their duties and failing to prevent the attack.
Prosecutors have alleged that Farkhunda was beaten to death in a frenzied attack sparked by a bogus accusation that she had burned a copy of the Quran.
The killing shocked many Afghans. Cellphone video of the assault circulated widely on social media. It showed Farkhunda being beaten, run over with a car and burned before her body was thrown into the Kabul River.
Safiullah Mojadedi, head of the Primary Court, called for senior officials, including the Kabul police chief and the Interior Ministry’s chief criminal investigator, to attend Sunday’s court session. He also ordered the arrest of another police officer who allegedly freed a suspect.
Afghanistan’s judicial system long has faced criticism for its inability to offer the majority of Afghans access to justice. Women especially are sidelined, despite constitutional guarantees of equality and protection from violence, a recent report by the UN concluded.


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