Death commuted for Afghanis who killed woman over Koran burning

A court in Afghanistan has commuted the sentences of four men convicted of killing a young woman in Kabul in March following a false accusation that she had burned a copy of the Koran.

The group were originally given the death sentence, but their sentence was reduced to 20 years each, Al Jazeera is reporting.

A woman named only as Farkhunda, 27, was beaten to death in a frenzied attack by a mob on the streets of the capital. Some religious figures noted that her death would have been justified if it had been ascertained that she did in fact burn the Muslim holy book.

The charges against the men included assault, murder and encouraging others to participate in the assault. In addition, 11 police officers were indicted for failing to prevent the attack.

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