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JALALABAD: Student demonstrators yesterday demanded that an Afghan soldier sentenced to death for killing five French soldiers be spared execution.
A military court last week rejected an appeal by the soldier, Abdul Sabor, and the Afghan authorities have since executed 14 death row prisoners in two groups including several Taliban insurgents. Unconfirmed Afghan media reports have suggested that Sabor is among a third group that President Hamid Karzai has approved for execution. Karzai’s office has refused to comment on the issue. Sabor, who killed five French soldiers on January 20 while they were jogging within their base in the eastern province of Kapisa, is the first Afghan convicted by a court of carrying out such an attack. afp