Afghan court sentences killer of German Photographer to death

Afghan court sentences killer of German Photographer to death

Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:30 pm

An Afghan court on Thursday, sentenced to death a police officer for murdering a German photographer, Anja Niedringhaus, injuring one an, official said.gavel_law

The deputy governor for the eastern province of Khost, AbdulWahed Pathan confirmed.

“The Kabul court found police officer, Naqibullah guilty of murder and misuse of his position, for opening fire on international journalists in Khost in April.

“The two journalists working for the Associated Press were covering the first round of the country’s presidential election.

“Naqibullah may appeal the court’s verdict within 15 days to a second court and then to the Supreme Court.

“His lawyer claimed that Naqibullah is mentally ill, but the judges dismissed the claims, his crime is evident and there is no reason he would be freed,’’Pathan said.

The German photographer, Anja Niedringhaus and Canadian reporter, Kathy Gannon were travelling in their own vehicle in a convoy of election workers delivering ballots in Khost province on April 4.

They were officially being protected by the Afghan security forces, but Naqibullah walked up to their vehicle and opened fire.

Niedringhaus was killed instantly and Gannon was injured. (dpa/NAN)

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