Five dead in Algeria 'honour' killings

2013-06-05 19:47
Casbah Algeria (File)

Casbah Algeria (File)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Algiers - An Algerian man is suspected of killing five people south of the capital to "cleanse his family's honour" after his niece eloped with her boyfriend to avoid an arranged marriage, residents said on Wednesday.

The 44-year-old surrendered to police after the Tuesday killings in the rural Djelfa region south of the capital, the residents said.

First to die were two cousins of the suspect accused of failing to prevent the 24-year-old girl's elopement, they said. Three members of the boyfriend's family were then shot dead.

The murder weapon is believed to have been a rifle supplied by authorities to militia recruited to fight Islamist militants.

Both the girl and her boyfriend have been granted police protection.

Unlike some Arab countries, Algeria does not recognise so-called "honour" killings as a distinct crime.

But there are an array of mitigating factors that can be taken into account in sentencing following a murder conviction that can see the maximum death sentence reduced to as little as 10 years in jail, leading Algiers lawyer Hassiba Boumerdassi said.

Read more on:    algeria  |  north africa  |  culture
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the week!

Petrol generators from R1399, save up to R350. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Pampers!

Save 30% when you buy 3 or more selected pampers products. While stocks last. Shop now!

This week only - 30% off books!

Get 30% off when you buy 2 or more books. Many titles to choose from. While stocks last. Shop now!

New range of Samsung smartphones!

Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 and Alpha now available at kalahari.com. while stocks last. Shop now!

Buy 3 eBooks & only pay for 2!

The cheapest of the 3 titles will be free. Many more titles to choose from. While stocks last. Shop now!

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You are on form and you may like an audience to share your ideas and concepts with. Drama and creativity flavour your...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.