Afghan tribunal convicts three men in BBC journalist murder case

Published January 4, 2019
Taliban deny any role in the 2018 killing of BBC journalist Ahmad Shah. ─ Photo courtesy BBC
Taliban deny any role in the 2018 killing of BBC journalist Ahmad Shah. ─ Photo courtesy BBC

KABUL: A special tribunal in Afghanistan convicted three men involved in the murder of a BBC journalist shot dead in eastern province of Khost last year, officials said on Thursday.

Ahmad Shah, who worked for the BBC’s Pashto language service as well as for Reuters, was killed by unidentified gunmen while he was on his way home last April. The BBC said Shah was its fifth staff member to have been killed in Afghanistan since the early 1990s.

The Special Anti-Terro­r­ism Tribunal sentenced one of the convicted men to death and the others were sentenced to rigorous imprisonment. The case has been now been sent to a higher court to validate the tribunal’s ruling, Jamshid Rasouly, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office said.

The Taliban denied having any role in Shah’s killing.

He died on the same day that two bombs in Kabul killed 26 people, of whom nine were journalists and photographers, making it the deadliest day for media workers in Afghanistan. IS claimed responsibility for the bomb attacks.

Published in Dawn, January 4th, 2019

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