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Trial Opens for 49 Accused in Afghan Woman's Fatal Beating

Forty-nine suspects, including 19 Afghan police officers, have gone on trial in Kabul on charges linked to the mob beating death of a 27-year-old woman last month. The televised proceedings opened Saturday with prosecutors arguing that the victim, Farkhunda, was beaten to death and burned March 19 in a frantic attack sparked by a cleric’s phony claim that she had desecrated a copy of Islam’s holy book, the Quran. Most of the police are charged with neglecting their duty to prevent the...

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