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Belgian police officer sentenced over killing of girl during pursuit

Officer given one-year suspended jail term for firing shot that killed two-year-old Kurd Mawda Shawri

A Belgian court has handed a one-year suspended prison sentence to a police officer who fired the shot that killed a two-year-old girl during a high-speed chase of suspected people-smugglers.

The court in the southern Belgian city of Mons ruled that the officer’s account of an accidental shooting was credible but also found he had a share of responsibility for the Kurdish child’s death.

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