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Afghan Clerics Demand Public Trial For Koran Burners

March 02, 2012

Afghanistan's top religious council has demanded that those responsible for the burning of Korans at a NATO airbase last week be put on public trial.

A statement from President Hamid Karzai's office said that the Ulema Council "insists that such a devilish act is not forgivable through apologies, and that the perpetrators of this crime should soon be publicly tried and punished."

In the aftermath of the burning of the Korans at the Bagram airbase, about 40 Afghan civilians were killed in protests across Afghanistan and at least five NATO soldiers were killed by rogue Afghan security operatives.

Jan Kubis, the head of the UN mission in Afghanistan, said on March 1 that the protests were legitimate and that the United States should take disciplinary action against the perpetrators of the burning.

With reporting by Reuters and AFP


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