PESHAWAR, Pakistan, June 5 (UPI) -- Eight Taliban militants convicted in April of involvement in the shooting of Pakistani student Malala Yousafzai were freed on appeal.
Ten people were jailed after the secret trial, but it has emerged that only two were actually convicted. The remaining eight "have been freed due to lack of proper proof and evidence against them," Pakistan's Swat Valley police chief Salim Marwat told NBC News, a point confirmed by Muneer Ahmed, spokesman for the Pakistani High Commission in London. The eight men were, however, found guilty of "planning and execution" of the attack and sentenced to 25 years imprisonment. Mystery surrounding the closed, military trial gave suspicion to its legitimacy.