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Court Shown Video Of Mob Killing Woman In Kabul


The 49 defendants that appeared in court in Kabul include 19 policemen accused of failing in their duty to prevent the attack.

Video of a mob killing an Afghan woman falsely accused of burning pages from a Koran has been shown in court on the second day of the trial in the killing.

The judge asked prosecutors on May 3 to play footage, shot with mobile-phone cameras, of a crowd kicking and beating the 27-year-old woman, named Farkhunda.

The 49 defendants that appeared in court in Kabul include 19 policemen accused of failing in their duty to prevent the attack.

Farkhunda was beaten to death and her body then burned on March 19.

Eyewitnesses said she had argued with a mullah about his practice of selling charms to women at a Kabul shrine.

In the course of the argument she was accused of burning the Koran and a crowd overheard and attacked her.

The killing prompted outrage and unprecedented protests across Afghanistan.

It's unclear when a verdict would be handed down in the trial.

Based on reporting by Reuters, the BBC, and Tolo TV
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