According to CNN, the three Afghan immigrants, Mohammed Shafia, 58; his wife, Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 42; and their son, Hamed, 21, were convicted of first-degree murder on Sunday by a Canadian jury. They will appeal their sentence.
They were convicted and sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for 25 years for the deaths of Shafia’s three teenage daughters and his first wife in his polygamous marriage.
The four were murdered for “dishonoring” their family, and their family murdered them in order to restore that honor.
However, in announcing the verdict, Judge Robert Maranger told the court it was “difficult to conceive of a more despicable, more heinous crime.”
“The apparent reason behind these cold-blooded shameful murders was that the four completely innocent victims offended your twisted notion of honor, a notion of honor that is founded upon the domination and control of women, a sick notion of honor that has absolutely no place in any civilized society.”
I agree. This is a “twisted notion of honor” that does not bring honor to a family; it only disgraces it. My only hope is that their appeal will be denied because they cannot get away this outrageous crime called “honor killing.”