Afghan police jailed over Farkhunda mob death

Afghan police jailed over Farkhunda mob death

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Afghan police jailed over Farkhunda mob death.

Eleven Afghan policemen have been sentenced to one year in prison for failing to protect a woman killed in Kabul in March.

The 28-year-old woman called Farkhunda was beaten to death after being accused of burning a copy of the Koran, although witnesses say she did not.

Earlier this month four men were sentenced to death for the killing, with eight others handed jail terms.

The incident led to widespread protests against the treatment of women.

Eight other police officers accused in the case were acquitted on Tuesday.

Farkhunda had argued with an amulet seller about his practice of peddling charms to women at the well-known Shah-Du-Shamshaira shrine, which is within walking distance of the presidential palace and Kabul’s main bazaar.

The amulet seller is one of those sentenced to death earlier this month.

In the course of the argument Farkhunda was accused of burning the Koran and a crowd overheard and attacked her.

In confession statements read in court, some of the accused admitted they had been drawn in by the claims.

An official investigator has said there is no evidence she burned the Koran.

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