Afghanistan’s top criminal investigator has found that the woman beaten to death last week for burning pages from a Quran was wrongly accused, The Associated Press reports. Thirteen people, including eight police officers, have been arrested in connection with her death.
The woman’s brother Najibullah said that his sister had been a teacher of Islamic studies. (He is changing his second name to Farkhunda in her memory.) According to Reuters, he also denied reports that she had been suffering from a mental illness.
“However, the brutal murder of this woman is an unspeakably horrendous act,” Bowden said, “that should result in those responsible being prosecuted, to the fullest extent possible, under Afghan law.”
The attack was apparently sparked by allegations that Farkhunda, who like many Afghans has just one name, had set fire to a Qur’an. But Afghanistan’s most senior detective said no evidence had been found to support those claims.