Storm Track Intimidation: Syria Going for Record Honor Killings
This is from a site I found called Stop Honor Killings. A good place to track this insidious form of Islamic honor.
Syria-news.com has run four stories relating to 'honour' killings in just 10 days.
, Khalidiya, 23 years old and a mother of two was strangled to death by her brother Khaled who suspected her of having a relationship with another man Aleppo
- In Lathqia, a man was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for the murder by shooting of his sister. The court made this decision based on a coroner's report stating that the victim's hymen was intact. He said had been told that his sister had been concealing a pregnancy for seven months.
- A 15 year old boy called MD shot and killed his sister ZN, who was 20 years old, in the village of Jubania, Qaseer, west Humms. She had been in a relationship with MH and had become pregnant, so the killer is unlikely to face any severe penalty.
- Four members of the same family have been arrested for forcing their son to kill his sister because she had married a man from the city of
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Under current Syrian law, there are extremely lenient sentences given to men who claim an 'honourable' motivation for killing female family members.
Syrian law allows for reduced sentences in the case of a murder committed in the name of so-called 'honour': according to Article 548 of the Syrian Legal Code:
1. He who catches his wife, or one of his ascendents, descendents or sister committing adultery (flagrante delicto) or illegitimate sex acts with another and he kills or injures one of both of them benefits from an exemption of penalty
2. He who catches his wife, or one of his ascendents, descendents or sister in a suspicious state (attitude equivoce) with another and he kills or injures one of both of them benefits from an exemption of penalty.
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