In what Human Rights Watch called “bitter irony,” the sentences of 13 men in Afghanistan convicted of lynching Farkhunda Malikzada last year were reduced on March 8, International Women’s Day. Now the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ordered the case reopened to reinvestigate the death of the 27-year-old woman, who was killed when a man in a group shouted out that she had burned a Quran, which she had not. In the first instance, 30 men were charged with her murder. Originally, four men had been sentenced to death for Malikzada’s killing and nine were ordered long stints in prison, but the Supreme Court earlier this week commuted all of the sentences.
The woman was beaten with wooden planks, pushed from a roof, driven over with a car and crushed with concrete as a result of the false accusation in March 2015. Zafar Hashemi, a spokesperson for Ghani, said the newly-appointed attorney general had been instructed by the president to “make justice for Farkhunda his top priority and reopen the case,” according to the AP.
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