Honor Killing Dad: 'Daughter Deserved Death'

Iraqi proudly murdered 17-year-old over her crush on British solider
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2008 11:11 AM CDT
The father who murdered his daughter for speaking to a British soldier says that "everyone knows that honour killings sometimes are impossible not to commit."   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Iraqi father who suffocated and stabbed his 17-year-old daughter has only one regret over her honor killing: That he didn't murder her "the instant her mother delivered her." "Speaking with a foreign solider, she lost what is the most precious thing for any woman," Abdel-Qader Ali tells the Guardian.

Rand, a student at Basra University, had become infatuated with a British soldier named Paul. Their relationship consisted only of a few conversations, which Abdel-Qader said brought shame on his family. Although he was arrested, police quickly freed him. "The officers were by my side, congratulating me on what I had done," he says. (Read more Iraq stories.)