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Death Sentences Overturned In Afghan Mob Killing

Afghan activists weep and lie in the grave Farkhunda, 27, who was lynched by an angry mob in March.

An Afghan appeals court has overturned death sentences handed down to four men for their part in the mob killing of a woman in Kabul in March.

The woman, Farkhunda, was murdered after falsely being accused of burning a copy of the Koran.

In a secret hearing on July 1, the Kabul Appeals Court reduced the men's sentences to 20 years in jail.

The court also acquitted the keeper of an Islamic shrine where Farkhunda was attacked. The keeper, Omran, was the one to incite the mob to attack Farkhunda after she had argued with him over amulets.

He was sentenced to 16 years.

An angry mob attacked 27-year-old Farkhunda on March 19, beating and trampling on her in broad daylight and setting her body ablaze on the banks of the Kabul River.

Eight people, including policemen, were given prison terms and four sentenced to death over Farkhunda's killing.

Her killing sparked protests around Afghanistan and drew global attention to the treatment of Afghan women.

With reporting by and the BBC