Family convicted of 'honour killings'

2012-01-30 13:48

New York - A Canadian court convicted three members of a family of Afghan origin for the murder of four female family members over what they saw as their shameful behaviour.

A jury on Sunday found Mohammad Shafia, aged 58, his wife Tooba Yahya, aged 42, and their son Hamed, aged 21, from Montreal, guilty of four counts each of first-degree murder for killing Shafia's daughters and his first wife.

"It is difficult to conceive of a more despicable, more heinous, more honourless crime," Judge Robert Maranger said.

He added that their "completely twisted concept of honour" had "absolutely no place in any civilised society".

Geeti, aged 13, Sahar, aged 17, Zainab, aged 19, and Shafia's other wife 52-year-old Rona Amir Mohammad were found drowned in a car in a canal in Kingston in June 2009.

Barbaric and unacceptable

Prosecutors argued that the sisters had shamed the conservative family with their revealing clothing, refusal to wear hijabs and boyfriends. Rona Amir Mohammad had tried to protect them.

A conviction for first-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence and at least 25 years must be served before becoming eligible for parole.

The four defendants had maintained their innocence during the 10-week trial despite incriminating wiretap recordings in which Mohammad Shafia said he hoped the devil would defecate on their graves.

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson called honour killings "barbaric and unacceptable in Canada" in a statement issued after the court handed down its verdict.

  • Jaba - 2012-01-30 15:05

    Barbaric culture

      Moosa Bux - 2012-01-30 18:44

      Is it worth debating with you??or have u made your mind up already?

      Jou - 2012-01-31 08:45

      They were offered a better life in a civilised country but instead brought their savage culture with them. Now look where it got the Philistines...a new life in a jail cell. What goes around comes around.

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-30 16:44

    Islam is no good for man, woman or child.

  • Godfrey - 2012-01-30 16:45

    Amazing how sensitive many Muslims are to any criticism. They don't choose to respond to comments but, like cowards, they get the whole post deleted, as was my earlier comment on this story when I quoted scripture supporting the view that women are inferior to men and off lesser value than men. Here we have an act of absolute barbarism committed by "conservative" Muslims against women. Note, these Muslim families never kill their male offspring in "honor" killings. Just the defenseless oppressed women, in this case for not wearing that badge of subservience, the hijab. People who do this are seriously mentally ill.

      Moosa Bux - 2012-01-30 18:42

      There's 1.7 billion muslims in the world,its a shame that the religion gets a bad name because of some retarted individuals.If he was tried according to Islamic law,he would get the death penalty,which is a fitting penalty for his before u judge any thing,make sure u have done some solid research.Islam does NOT allow killing of civilians what so ever!

      Godfrey - 2012-01-30 18:42

      And stop calling them honour killings. There is nothing honourable in even describing them as such. When will members of the Islamic community state unequivocally that they do not condone such barbarism and categorically condemn them?

      Godfrey - 2012-01-30 19:50

      @Moosa Bux Then what does this mean then? Or am I quoting out of context? When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks, then when you have made wide slaughter among them, tie fast the bonds, then set them free, either by grace or ransom, until the war lays down its burdens. - 47:4

      Yacoob - 2012-01-31 14:45 This was far, far, far from Islam...this was a cultural issue, and a psychotic crime that had nothing to do with Islam.

      Yacoob - 2012-01-31 14:50

      Godfrey - yes, you quote that completely out of context. It was referring to a war in Islamic history. It's not a general thing at all. If you want to understand more about it, and about 'jihad' in Islam, watch this video: Jihad on terrorism: "When will members of the Islamic community state unequivocally that they do not condone such barbarism and categorically condemn them?" The Canadian muslims did this already - you just didn't see it: and

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-01-30 20:03

    An evil religion.

      Yacoob - 2012-01-31 14:52

      Please find out what the religion actually is before you make such statements. Watch: The Fog is Lifting: Islam in brief: Don't judge a belief system because of the acts of a disturbed person who was NOT representing the religion or acting on its teachings at all.

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