Pregnant Woman's Father to Die for Her 'Honor Killing'

Farzana Parveen's father, brother, cousins will appeal
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2014 9:14 AM CST
Mohammad Iqbal, husband of Farzana Parveen, sits in an ambulance next to the body of his pregnant wife, who was stoned to death by her own family, in Lahore, Pakistan, on May 27, 2014.   (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
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(Newser) – A Pakistani court has sentenced a father, brother, and two cousins to death after they used stones and bricks to murder a pregnant relative who married without the family's consent. The decision came yesterday, months after Farzana Parveen's "honor killing" outside a Lahore courthouse in May drew international attention, the New York Times reports. Another relative was handed 10 years in prison. The BBC reports the death sentences are somewhat unusual, and some suspect the sentences will be reduced on appeal. A lawyer for the men says they will indeed appeal the "politically motivated" sentences. Prosecutors, however, say the men's guilt was proven using DNA evidence.

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