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Pakistani court frees 8 of the 10 men sentenced in 2012 shooting of Malala

By WITW Staff on June 5, 2015

A court in Pakistan has reportedly freed eight of the men charged with organizing a brutal attack on Malala Yousafzai in 2012. Malala, an activist for girls’ education rights who was 15 at the time, was on her way home from school in her hometown, northwest of Islamabad when gunmen shot her in the head, and injured two other girls in the attack. Malala survived and went on to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. In late April, 10 men with Taliban connections were sentenced to life in prison for their roles in the crime, to which they had confessed. However, senior police officials reportedly said the eight men were freed due to a lack of evidence linking them to the attack. None of the 10 who were convicted are suspected of being the gunmen, who are believed to have fled to Afghanistan. Friday’s decision to free the men is raising new questions about Pakistan’s beleaguered justice system.

Read the full story at Reuters.