Brit Cops Accused of Failing 'Honor Killing' Victim

Police dismissed terrified woman's fears
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2008 5:27 AM CDT
Mahmod Mahmod has been jailed for arranging his daughter's 'honor killing' after she fell in love with a man he did not approve of.
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(Newser) – Two British police officers accused of failing to stop a young woman's "honor killing" are now facing a disciplinary hearing, the Guardian reports. After falling in love with a man not approved by her family, the Kurdish woman repeatedly told police of threats to her life and pleaded for help. Police dismissed her fears as melodramatic. She vanished soon after and her body was found stuffed in a suitcase.

The woman's father and uncle have been jailed for her murder. Independent investigators concluded that police were partly to blame for the tragedy. London's police department had failed to implement a planned strategy to educate officers to recognize danger signs of honor killings, but officials say changes to procedure have now been made.