Arizona Man Gets 34 Years in Daughter's 'Honor Killing'

He ran over his daughter for being too Westernized
By Luke Kelly-Clyne,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2011 10:21 AM CDT
FILE - This undated photo provided by the Peoria Police Department shows Faleh Almaleki.   (AP Photo/Peoria Police Department, File)

(Newser) – An Iraqi immigrant who deliberately ran over and killed his 20-year-old daughter in an Arizona parking lot wept yesterday as a judge sentenced him to more than 34 years in prison. Faleh Hassan Al-Maleki thought his daughter, Noor, was too Westernized and wanted to punish her for not abiding by his cultural values, reports the Arizona Republic. "I wish I was dead and not her," he said. "I'm sorry. I'm very sorry." He also struck and injured a family friend.

The public defender contended that his health problems, the torture he faced while living in Saddam Hussein's Iraq, and a lack of criminal history were mitigating factors, but prosecutors countered with a gut-wrenching PowerPoint that juxtaposed pictures of a smiling Noor with scenes from the hit-and-run. "This does not have to do with honor," said the judge. "This has to do with a man, his narcissism, his mean-spiritedness, his inability to forgive. He was driven to kill his daughter because it suited his purpose." (Read more honor killings stories.)

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