This is unbelievable! Eight of the ten attackers involved in the attempted murder of Mala Yousafzai have been set free! Though they were initially found guilty, their convictions were overturned in trial held behind closed doors!
We’re still in shock. Pakistani authorities said that all the men behind Malala Yousafzai‘s 2012 assassination attempt were locked up for 25 years. We thought we had justice for Malala, 17, but that’s not the case! In fact, eight of the ten Taliban gunmen had their sentences overturned in a secret trial and are now free!
Eight of the ten men involved Malala’s attempted murder, including the mastermind behind the attack, are no longer behind bars, reports the Daily Mirror. All ten were first found guilty and given a minimum prison sentence of 25 years, but eight of them appealed the decision, reports NBC. The follow-up trial was held behind doors. They were found not guilty and set free in secret!
Our jaws are still dropped. The men, part of the Ehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, were arrested in Sep 2014. The anti-terrorism judge Mohammad Amin Kundi pronounced them guilty after they confessed their roles in the attack!
“Like other people, I don’t understand why the two were only convicted,” said Syed Nassem Khan, the case’s prosecutor. “Why not all the 10 who had confessed their involved in the attack on Malala?” We agree! The prosecutor said they’re appealing this new decision, so there is a chance that these men will end up in jail after all.
Malala became a voice for girl’s education in Pakistan when she was just 11 years old. She was a high profile activist, promoting education and women’s rights – which is why the Taliban wanted her dead! While riding a school bus in October 2012, a gunman got on board, asked for her by name and shot her three times! She survived the attack and would not be silenced! Her bravery and efforts won her the Nobel Peace Prize, the youngest person to ever be awarded the distinction.
We are just devastated by the news. We only hope that things continue to improve for Malala and her country. Malala joined the many who voiced their support and sorrow over the Dec 2014 Pakistan School Massacre in Peshawar. “I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us,” said Malala.
What do you think about this news, HollywoodLifers? Can you believe it?
— Jason Brow