Family Guilty of 'Honor Killing' of 3 Daughters, First Wife
Mohammad Shafia, 2nd wife, eldest son sentenced to 25 years
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2012 2:26 AM CST
Mohammad Shafia, front, Tooba Yahya, center, and their son Hamed Shafia, back left, are escorted from court.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

(Newser) – Three Afghan-Canadians were convicted yesterday of the so-called "honor killing" of four members of their family, in a case that has shocked much of the country with its scope and cold-bloodedness, reports the Globe and Mail. Mohammad Shafia, his second wife, and their eldest son were found guilty of drowning the couple's three teenage daughters and Shafia's first wife. All face mandatory 25-year sentences with no chance for parole. The crimes represent a "sick notion of honor that has absolutely no place in any civilized society,” said the judge.

All three continue to proclaim their innocence, despite wiretap evidence. "This is not just,” Shafia's second wife told the court. “I am not a murderer and I am a mother." But the judge was unmoved. "It is difficult to conceive of a more despicable, more heinous crime," he said. "The apparent reason behind these cold-blooded, shameful murders was that the four completely innocent victims offended your completely twisted concept of honor, a notion of honor that is founded upon the domination and control of women.”

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Jan 30, 2012 5:20 PM CST
9mm round costs $0.21, times 3 that's $0.63, a major discount for tax payers supporting these obviously unrepentant murders for the rest of their lives.
Jan 30, 2012 11:50 AM CST
This is not about God or religion. This is about patriarchy. And extremism. And probably a personality disorder. For all those here who would trash Islam, take a look at the religious kooks in USA. We have some real idiot jews and xtians out there. Give them 2 generations of home schooling, and they will be doing the same thing.
Jan 30, 2012 9:47 AM CST
Not to diminish the horror of these crimes, but they really don't sound like typical honor crimes. It's not like they were killed because they were suspected of some transgression or another. It sounds more like a new family offing the old one. Just because they were Muslim murderers doesn't mean it has anything to do with "honor." :/