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Afghan death sentences overturned

An Afghan court has overturned the death sentences for four men convicted of taking part in the mob killing of a woman outside a Kabul shrine.

Appeals Court Judge Abdul Nasir Murid said three of the men convicted of the murder of Farkhunda Malikzada in March were instead given 20-year sentences. The fourth was sentenced to 10 years.

The ruling was made in a closed-door hearing and first reported by the independent Tolo TV, which said the peddler at the shrine who allegedly incited the mob was acquitted.

Amid worldwide condemnation, the killing led to calls for judicial reform and stronger protection for women from violence.

Of the 49 people convicted, 37 were released last month ahead of their appeals.


From Belfast Telegraph