Man jailed for ‘honour’ killing of raped niece

2011-02-17 14:34

Amman – A Jordanian court today handed down a reduced sentence to a 43-year-old man for killing his 16-year-old married niece last year to save the family’s “honour” after she was raped.

The court initially condemned the convict to death, but commuted the sentence to 15 years in jail “because the victim’s family urged leniency”, a court official said.

In July 2010, the man fired 30 machine gun rounds at the girl, killing her instantly, two months after her marriage, in Deir Alla in the Jordan Valley.

“He claimed he wanted to cleanse his family’s honour after the girl was raped. He told the investigators that he was proud of what he did,” the official said.

Murder is punishable by death in Jordan, but in so-called “honour killings”, courts can commute or reduce sentences, particularly if the victim’s family asks for leniency.

Between 15 and 20 women are murdered in such killings each year in the Arab kingdom, despite government efforts to curb such crimes.

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