8 Hitmen Convicted of Malala Attack Were Secretly Acquitted

Officials in Pakistan have admitted that eight of 10 Taliban hitmen charged with organizing the 2012 shooting of Malala Yousafzai, a student and women’s education advocate, were secretly freed weeks ago. After a trial in April, court officials announced that all 10 were convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison after they confessed to being a part of the shooting. However, newly released documents showed that eight of the men, in the words of The Daily Beast, “were released secretly to avoid an international outcry.” A regional police chief told The New York Times, “They were released for lack of evidence.” Yousafzai, who is now 17, is the youngest person ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and now lives in England …

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