8 Malala Suspects Didn't Go to Jail as Reported

No good explanation why 'misreporting' took so long to correct
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2015 9:05 AM CDT
8 Malala Suspects Didn't Go to Jail as Reported
Only two of the 10 men said to have been convicted in the attack on Malala were actually convicted, reports now say.   (AP Photo/Cornelius Poppe, NTB Scanpix)

The secretive trial of Malala Yousafzai's alleged attackers now has another surprise to reveal: Even though it was widely reported at the end of April that 10 Taliban militants had been convicted and sentenced to Pakistan's equivalent of a life sentence for trying to kill her, Pakistani officials are now admitting only two of the men were convicted, reports the AP.

Today's announcement by a Pakistani deputy police chief didn't explain why no one publicly corrected the so-called mistake for more than a month. A spokesman for the High Commission for Pakistan in London said today that the eight were acquitted due to lack of evidence, per the BBC. He's blaming the confusion on "misreporting." No one knows where the eight acquitted men are now. (Read more Malala Yousafzai stories.)

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