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Man gets death penalty for strangling wife.

ASADABAD (PAN): A man was sentenced to death by an appeal court for strangulating to death his spouse in eastern Kunar province on Tuesday.

The accused, Khair Mohammad, was awarded the capital punishment during an open trial in Asadabad, the provincial capital, after the attorney produced evidence and witnesses before the judge.

Mohammad was sent to the gallows for uxoricide under the criminal law and in light of the Law on Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW).

In their testimony, the victim's mother and son said the woman was strangled in the middle of the night by her husband in their house.

Mohammad's defence lawyer Ismatullah Akhundzada, however, said the evidence brought before the court did not warrant the capital punishment. He prayed judge to sentence his client to two years in jail under Article 398 of the criminal law.

After hearing arguments from the attorney, police, witnesses and the defence lawyer, the judge sentenced Mohammad to death under Article 95 of the criminal law and Article 22 of EVAW.

The defence lawyer said he would move a higher court against the verdict.

Present at the trial, Taj Wali, a resident of the Watapur district, said it was a fair trial and justice had been done to the victim and her family.

He said Mohammad deserved the death penalty. "Many lives can be saved by handing capital punishment to one person because it will set an example for others," Wali concluded.

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Date:Jul 17, 2012
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