Afghan cops sentenced for not protecting woman killed by mob

Death sentences for mob killing in Afghanistan
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  • Horrific mob killing was captured on video
  • Sentences can be appealed by either side
  • Earlier, four men were sentenced to death for the killing

(CNN)A judge in Afghanistan sentenced 11 police officers on Tuesday to one year in prison for failing to protect a 27-year-old woman from being killed by a mob earlier this year after she was accused -- falsely -- of burning the Quran.

The killing, on March 19, was recorded in a video that resonated around the globe. It shows the woman, who was named Farkhunda, surrounded by angry men, her face covered in blood.
    She is pushed over. The men kick her and beat her with rocks and boards. In the last part of the video, her body is engulfed in flames.
    Then it was thrown into a river.

    Failure to carry out their duty

    On Tuesday, Judge Safiullah Mujadidi sentenced the 11 officers to prison for failing to carry out their duty and for carelessness. Eight other officers were found not guilty due to lack of evidence.
    People representing either Farkhunda or the police officers can appeal to a higher court.
    Earlier this month, four men were sentenced to death for killing her. Eight others were given 16-year sentences. And 18 men were found not guilty.
    Afghanistan's Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs has said it found no evidence that Farkhunda burned the Quran.
    Afghan artists on April 27, 2015 perform a role play to depict the lynching of Afghan woman Farkhunda, 27, who was attacked by an angry mob, in Kabul. Farkhunda was beaten with sticks and stones, thrown from a roof, before being run over by a car outside a mosque in Kabul on March 19. The mob then set her body ablaze and dumped it in a river as police allegedly looked on. AFP PHOTO / SHAH Marai (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)