Mob killers spared: Farkhunda Killers

Published: July 2, 2015

Mob killers spared: Farkhunda Killers, Four men convicted of the brutal murder of a woman who was falsely accused of burning a Quran had their death sentences overturned on Wednesday, a judicial source told NBC News.

The men were sentenced to death in May for the killing of Farkhunda, a young Afghan religious scholar. Farkhunda was beaten, run over by a car, thrown into a river and set alight by a mob on March 19. A video of her murder sparked widespread outrage and protests in Afghanistan.

The four men’s terms were reduced to 20 years each during Wednesday’s hearing. A caretaker of Kabul’s Shah-Do Shamshira holy shrine and a local district police chief were also acquitted.

Omran, the keeper of the shrine, was one of eight men sentenced to 16 years of jail time for inciting the murder. The police chief was one of 11 police officers serving one year for failing to prevent the attack. Seventeen men remain in prison for their involvement with their sentences unchanged.

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