Muslim honor killers convicted of first degree murder in Canada
After Canada’s first mass-honour-killings trial, three members of a Montreal family have all been found guilty of first-degree murder in the drowning deaths of four other family members – including three teenage sisters.
A jury on Sunday handed down its guilty verdicts for Mohammad Shafia and Tooba Mohammad Yahya, as well as their 21-year-old son, Hamed.
They had been charged with murder after the bodies of three Shafia sisters – Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and 13-year-old Geeti – were discovered in a submerged vehicle in a canal near Kingston, in June 2009.
Also in the vehicle was Rona Amir Mohammad, the 52-year-old first wife of Shafia, whom he married in his native Afghanistan before the polygamous family moved to Canada in 2007 and settled in Montreal.
A conviction for first-degree murder carries with it an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.
[...]A dozen independent witnesses – including Montreal police, social workers, teachers and school officials – testified the girls feared their father and even some of their siblings, who they believed were spying on them, and were depressed and desperate to get away.
On wiretap recordings played for jurors, Shafia called his daughters “whores,” “filthy” and “rotten children” who betrayed the family and Islam and did “cruelty” to Shafia by secretly taking boyfriends and by wearing revealing clothes.
Prosecutors alleged that the victims died in an honour killing orchestrated by Shafia to cleanse the shame he felt from the conduct of his daughters.
The trial also heard that Shafia’s first wife, who was living in Canada illegally, wanted a divorce from Shafia and was supportive of the daughters who were dating.
This sort of news story makes me ask whether Western nations are doing a good job of integrating immigrants from other countries. Are our Western views of abortion (we oppose sex-selection abortions), marriage (we oppose polygamy), women’s rights (we oppose widow-burning), and the rule of law (we oppose sharia law) accepted by new immigrants? If not, is it because we are so cowed by political correctness, multiculturalism and diversity that we are unable to say to people from other cultures what we think is right and wrong?
Blazing Cat Fur also points out this Montreal Gazette article, which says that: the relatives of the Shafia murderers: approve: of honor killings.
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