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3 convicted for assassination of Afghan BBC journalist

By Elizabeth ADENUGA

Three people have been convicted for the assassination of an Afghan BBC journalist killed in April, Afghanistan’s Attorney General’s Office said on Thursday.
“The convictions at a primary court in the Bagram district of the central Parwan province, where the accused are imprisoned, included a death penalty for one, and 30 and six years of imprisonment for the two others,’’ the attorney general’s spokesman Jamshid Rasuli, said.
No details on those convicted or the motive for the crime were yet available.
BBC journalist Ahmad Shah was killed on April 30 in south-eastern Khost province while riding home on his bicycle by two gunmen on a motorcycle.
The Taliban at the time denied responsibility for the attack.
According to the BBC, Ahmad Shah is the fifth BBC journalist to be killed since the civil war broke out in Afghanistan in the early 1990s.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) released a report on Sunday, saying a total of 16 journalists were killed in Afghanistan during 2018.
The number is the highest throughout the world, making Afghanistan the most dangerous for journalists globally. 

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