A court in Afghanistan on Sunday sentenced seven men to death on charges of rape and armed robbery.
The men were arrested for the gang rape of four women last month in a case that sparked nationwide outrage, as angry protestors called for the public hanging of the perpetrators.
Safihullah Mujadidi, the Judge of the Kabul lower court, said at the close of the trial that based on criminal law they deserve the severest punishment which is the death sentence.
He said the verdict was not final, as the perpetrators have the right to appeal.
The incident took place on August 29 on the outskirts of the capital, when an Afghan family was returning from a wedding ceremony, the police prosecutor said.
He said the armed men allegedly stopped the victims’ cars and raped four women and one of the women was pregnant.
He said they later robbed the family.
The police said they are looking for three additional suspects involved in the incident.
They said the men were wearing police uniforms at the time of the attack, but it was unclear whether they were in fact members of the police.
They added that two of the convicted men had recently been released, after serving time in prison for a previous incident involving armed robbery and rape. (dpa/NAN)