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Summary judgment

Afghan court sentences 4 men to death in mob killing of woman

By WITW Staff on May 6, 2015

A court in Afghanistan has ruled that four men involved in the brutal mob killing of Farkhunda, a 27-year-old woman who was falsely accused of burning the Koran, will be put to death. Eight others were sentenced to 16 years in prison each, and 18 saw charges dropped due to a lack of evidence. The horrible crime occurred in March in Kabul and sparked international outrage. Farkhunda’s family denounced the verdicts, arguing that some of people responsible for the crime are being let off the hook. “This is not a trial. We do not accept that out of thousands who either helped or stood back and watched, only four will be hanged,” Farkhunda’s brother, Najibullah, reportedly said afterward. Family members also reportedly said they were never given a chance to testify in the court proceeding. “Those that beat her should be beat, those who burned her burned,” her brother said of the savage crime, which was caught on cellphone video.

Read the full story at The Los Angeles Times.