30 Jan 2012

Guilty verdicts for murder of family members

9:32 pm on 30 January 2012

Three members of an Afghan family in Kingston, Canada, have been found guilty of murdering four female relatives in a so-called honour killing.

In a unanimous verdict the jury found the girls' father, Mohammed Shafia, his wife and their son guilty of the murder of Shafia's first wife and his three daughters, aged 13, 17 and 19. Their bodies were found in a car submerged in a canal in Kingston in 2009.

They will serve at least 25 years in prison.

Prosecutors said the father was angered that his two eldest daughters wanted boyfriends, in defiance of his values.

The court heard he had become increasingly angry and upset with his three teenage daughters for having secret relationships with boys and wearing revealing clothes.

The Judge called the murders despicable, heinous and stemming from a completely twisted concept of honour.

The apparent reason behind these cold-blooded,shameful murders was that the four completely innocent victims offended your completely twisted concept of honour ...... that has absolutely no place in any civilised society.

The BBC reports that the three-month long trial riveted Canada.