Muslim Family Guilty of ‘Honor’ Killing in Canada

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(Left to Right) Geeti, Zainab, and Sahar Shafia

Sahar Shafia

‘You have no place in civilised society’: Muslim family jailed for life after ‘despicable’ honour killing of three teen daughters who dared to date boys

  • Father, mother and son found guilty of murdering family’s three teenage daughters
  • The girls defied strict rules by dating, socialising and going online
  • Bodies found submerged in car in canal

By Daily Mail Reporter

An Afghan father, his wife and their son have been jailed for life after a jury found them guilty of killing three teenage sisters and a co-wife in what the judge described as a ‘despicable’ and ‘heinous’ crime.

The jury had taken 15 hours to find Mohammad Shafia, 58, his wife Tooba Yahya, 42; and their son Hamed, 21, each guilty of four counts of first-degree murder.

The four bodies were found in June 2009 in a car submerged in a canal in Kingston, Ontario, where the family had stopped for the night on their way home from Niagara Falls.

Prosecutors said the daughters were killed because they dishonored the family by defying rules on dress, dating, socialising and going online.

After the verdict was read, the three defendants again declared their innocence in the killings of sisters Zainab, 19, Sahar 17, and Geeti, 13, as well as Rona Amir Mohammad, 52, Shafia’s childless first wife in a polygamous marriage.

After the jury returned the verdicts, Mohammad Shafia, speaking through a translator, said: ‘We are not criminal, we are not murderer, we didn’t commit the murder and this is unjust.’

His weeping wife, Tooba, also declared the verdict unjust. She said: ‘I am not a murderer, and I am a mother, a mother.’

Their son, Hamed, speaking in English said: ‘I did not drown my sisters anywhere.’

But Judge Robert Maranger was unmoved, saying the evidence clearly supported their conviction for ‘the planned and deliberate murder of four members of your family’.

‘It is 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 completely twisted concept of honor … that has absolutely no place in any civilized society.’

The defense had contended the car accidentally plunged into the canal after one of the daughters went on a joy ride.

The accused killed the girls because they dishonoured the family by defying its disciplinarian rules on dress, dating, socialising and going online.

The fourth victim was Shafia’s first wife, who was infertile, and was living with the family in Montreal. The polygamous relationship, if revealed, could have resulted in their deportation.

Prosecutor Laurie Lacelle had previously told the court: ‘Shafia, Tooba and Hamed had decided that there was a diseased limb on their family tree. Their decision was to trim the diseased limb and prune the tree back to the good wood.’

The trio denied the killings, claiming that evidence points to the deaths being an accident.

Police made a grisly discovery in the summer of 2009 in canal locks east of Toronto when they found the bodies of the three sisters and 52-year-old Rona Amir Mohammad in a submerged Nissan car.

The prosecution alleged it was a premeditated murder, staged to look like an accident after it was carried out.

The court heard evidence that it appears the four made no attempt to escape the car through an open window, and the bodies were found eerily suspended inside.

There was no one in the driver’s seat and three of the bodies had bruising to the back of their heads.

Defence lawyer Peter Kemp suggested that was plausible in an accident scenario.

The family had left Afghanistan in 1992 and lived in Pakistan, Australia and Dubai before settling in Canada in 2007.

Shafia, a wealthy businessman, married Yahya because his first wife could not have children.

The months leading up to the deaths were not happy ones in the Shafia household, the court heard.

Zainab, the oldest at 19, was forbidden to attend school for a year because she had a young Pakistani-Canadian boyfriend, and she fled to a shelter, terrified of her father, the court was told.

During the trial the court was played recordings in which Shafia talks about his daughters and the fact that they were dating while ranting about the family’s honour.

Zainab had married her boyfriend angering Shafia and causing family turmoil. After Yahya said that she knew Zainab was ‘already done’ but wished ‘the two others’ weren’t, he responded saying: ‘No Tooba, they were treacherous’.

Speaking about pictures of his daughter he said he was consoled adding: ‘When I tell you to be patient, you tell me that it is hard.

‘It isn’t harder than watching them every hour with (boyfriends). For this reason whenever I see those pictures, I am consoled. I say to myself, “You did well. Would they come back to life a hundred times, for you to do the same again”.’

Jurors were also shown email exchanges between Zainab and her boyfriend. One explicitly warned of the potential danger her brother posed.

During the trial, Mohamma Yahya took the stand and used her time to rebut the view of their household as a harsh one.

She said that her husband only hit the children once and used to badger them verbally if they were bad, not beat them.

Yahya described a tolerant house where the girls were not required to wear the traditional Muslim headscarf and were not forbidden from wearing makeup.

She did uphold the theory that their family forbid-not only the girls- all of their seven children from dating until they graduated from high school.

‘Me and Shafia and also Rona, we decided that (until) the time that the children graduated from school and they … show their diploma to us, they are not allowed to have girlfriend or boyfriend or to get married,’ Yahya said on the stand.

In addition to disputing the views of other witnesses, including Shafia’s brother-in-law who said that Shafia tried to enlist him in a plan to drown Zainab, Yahya also had to address the many grievances listed in Rona’s diary.

Rona described a violent and miserable household where she was abused and pushed out. Apparently Rona wanted a divorce and that was the reason why Shafia allegedly included her among his disobedient daughters in the honour killing.

Other witnesses said the eldest daughter, Zainab, was forbidden to attend school for a year because she had a boyfriend.

The jury heard testimony that Zainab’s sisters, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13, were hounded and trailed by their brothers because the parents suspected them of dating boys; that Sahar repeatedly said her father would kill her if he found out she had a boyfriend; that she had bruises on her arms; that Mohammad, the first wife who was helping to raise the children, also was brutally treated.

Zainab ran away from home for a couple of weeks and her sisters contacted authorities, saying they wanted to be removed from the house because of violence and their father’s strict parenting, the prosecution said.

Prosecutor Laurie Lacelle presented wire taps and cell phone records from the Shafia family in court. In one phone conversation, the father says his daughters ‘betrayed us immensely’.

Fazil Javad, Shafia’s brother-in-law, said Shafia tried to enlist him in a plan to drown Zainab.

‘Even if they hoist me up to the gallows, nothing is more dear to me than my honour. There is nothing more valuable than our honour,’ Ms Lacelle quoted Shafia as saying in an intercept transcript.

The case brought up major questions about immigration and cultural integration in Canada, which takes in 250,000 immigrants a year, more per capita than anywhere save Australia.

In recent years a number of so-called honour killings have prompted debate about absorbing immigrants into the mainstream and dealing with culture clashes between immigrant parents and their children.

More than 80 Canadian Muslim organizations, imams and community leaders have signed a call for action against ‘the reality of domestic violence within our own communities, compounded by abhorrent and yet persistent pre-Islamic practices rooted in the misguided notion of restoring family honour’.

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21 Comments on “Muslim Family Guilty of ‘Honor’ Killing in Canada”

    • Annmarie Says:

      The family lived in Montreal,and the 3 teenage daughter’s went to local French schools.. At different times they, (the kids) complained to their teacher’s, that they were been treated very badly by their parents, the request was passes on to Social Workers, that ended up visiting the family, & the Social Workers, ended up stating that nothing was wrong..One of the daughter’s left home and ended up in a Shelter, but was returned to her parents..

      These poor kids were unable to get any help from teachers, social workers and the police..This is a terrible situation, because all those organizations are meant to help kids in trouble..If one of these organizations had had any guts, these beautiful girls would
      I heard one of their French teachers on TV. the other day saying, “we know nothing about “Honour Killing”.. Well my answer to her is, you are meant to be an educated woman, don’t you read or learn anything??? You are teaching at a high-school level, with kids from many different cultures, should you not know something about this situation???..

  1. Gonzo Says:

    Must be an anomaly. I mean, certainly not other muslims from that part of the world would be so back-ass-words….errr, ummmm, nevermind.

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/01/30/afghan-woman-killed-apparently-for-bearing-girl/

  2. Leatherneck Says:

    Islam plays it’s role nicely to help destroy culture.


  3. Nothing to see folks… Its all cult-ural and not part of islam…

    Sarcasm off…

    What a waste of 3 teen babes! The Canadian guv should inflict sharia law on thier parents. Bury them to thier necks and use a bulldozer to take off thier heads…

    • Annmarie Says:

      Personally I wish the Canadian would bring back hanging for 24 hours and hang all 3 members of the girl’s family, their father, mother and brother.. People keep forgetting, the first wife was murdered also, with the girls..Cheers Annmarie

  4. Big Frank Says:

    There is never any honor in murder.

  5. Gonzo Says:

    Interesting article on honor killing and islam:
    http://www.meforum.org/50/honor-murders-why-the-perps-get-off-easy

    Anyone who would deny that islam supports this horrible act should read Jordans law about it: “Article 340: (a) He who discovers his wife, or one of his maharim [female relatives of such a degree of consanguinity as precludes marriage], while committing adultery with another man and kills, wounds, or injures one or both of them, is exempt from any penalty;”

  6. Gonzo Says:

    One of the most saddening part of this, is that because CAIR is allowed to operate unabridged, police will become desensitized to muslim issues for fear that any investigation in to a muslim family issue will be criticized as being islamophobic, resulting in further isolation for girls who would suffer under such oppression.

    Further, for law enforcement to act on stated fears by a young girl because of the culture of islam, will open them up for law suits by terrorist organizations, like CAIR.

    And as public acceptance grows for this type of oppression for muslim families, so will acceptance of forced marriages of young girls to middle-aged perverts “for their own protection”. And it will be the liberals tooting the horns of acceptance.

  7. Pete Says:

    “His weeping wife, Tooba, also declared the verdict unjust. She said: ‘I am not a murderer, and I am a mother, a mother.’”

    There in lies the problem with this CULT of violence, destruction and death. When you spend your youth memorizing the qur’an and the hadiths, when you go to the mosque and this is all you hear, you are brain washed into believing this is how a NORMAL civilized society is supposed to work. And when you move to a non islamic country and you bring the ideas of your cult with you, and you practice them, you suddenly discover that in a NORMAL civilized society you are not a mother but a murderer.

    I personally hope these “people” rot in prison for the rest of their lives, but this is Canada and they will probably get out in 10.

    • Annmarie Says:

      They got 25 years each, in different prisons in Ontario Canada.. After they have served all their sentences, they will be deported by the Canadian Government.. Reason they are not full Canadian citizens.. Cheers Annmarie

  8. Gonzo Says:

    Seems this already happened in the US, but oddly I don’t seem to recall this making national news. Of course, it did happen in the part of Michigan quickly being absorbed in to islam.

    http://abcnewspapers.com/2011/05/03/coon-rapids-man-accused-of-killing-stepdaughter-in-michigan/

  9. tgusa Says:

    Well girls like these will not get any help from the so called leftist human rights crowd. They are too busy fighting gender identity dysfunction, GID. They’re fighting for
    more of it.

    The global leftist cabal has not yet realized that there is a culture out there in the world that would rather kill than switch. Leftists cannot force their culture on these people and it will be one or the other. So who do you think wins in the battle of fanatics, leftists or the other guys?

    • Gonzo Says:

      Thats easy.
      The “other” side tells the lefties what they want to hear, things like how they are victims and all righteous and for equality, and out for the little people and all. The lefties, ignoring the history of these others from cutting off peoples heads who turn their backs on them, turn their backs to bang the self righteous drums. At which point in time, the lefties lose their heads.

      • Big Frank Says:

        I agree the lunatic lefties, and the lackeys,lapdogs, and apologists of Islam in our society have become the perfect ‘useful idiots’ of the Islamists.

  10. Ciccio Says:

    A Muslim mullah explained the when a man finds his wife in flagranto he is allowed to kill her. When asked what the wife can do in the same circumstances he explained that the wife is not allowed that option because it is possible the man divorced her and she had not yet received the news or that the other woman is a wife he had just married. That in short is the whole story of Islam.

  11. ken Says:

    I want NOTHING to do with Islam, Muslims or anyone who identifies with that warped philosophy of hatred and religious imperialism! I don’t even want to see them in my neighborhood.

  12. Big Frank Says:

    As I have said before “there is never honor in murder”.

  13. tgusa Says:

    Islamic culture is revolting. Cruel and monstrous, I don’t think the world has ever experienced a culture that is so disgusting, so hateful, so angry and so barbaric. Eradicate all the muslims and the world would breathe a collective sigh of relief. Just sayin.

  14. tgusa Says:

    Look at the collection of democrat supporting sub-cultures. Leftist politicians, such as they are, the non-religious, lgbt’s, feminists, the media, hollywood, the sexual miscreant, the serial adulterer, drug abuser and of course the anti-racist. The list goes on and on. Now, considering those micro-groups the worst thing we could do to them would be to unleash the sharia on them. Perhaps imo, the only thing that is stopping us is the old, sow the wind reap the whirlwind, the best laid plans of mice and men and so on and so forth ad infinitum.

    We have to oppose them, all of them, for the children.


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