Jor­da­ni­ans charged with killing sis­ters for ‘honor’

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Two Jor­da­nian brothers were charged with mur­der­ing their two sis­ters in ap­par­ent “honor killings”, a court of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day. The men, aged 22 and 24, were charged with mur­der­ing their sis­ters on Thurs­day evening in Naur, 20 kilo­me­ters south­west of Jor­dan’s cap­i­tal Am­man. The of­fi­cial, who asked to re­main anony­mous, said the brothers claimed they had killed the women, aged 20 and 34, “to de­fend the fam­ily’s honor”.

“The two brothers were look­ing for their older sis­ter, who had been away from the fam­ily home,” he said. “They found her in the house of the younger sis­ter, who had mar­ried with­out the knowl­edge or con­sent of the fam­ily.”They shot the younger sis­ter twice and the older one five times, in­clud­ing once to the head, the of­fi­cial said. The younger sis­ter’s hus­band, who in­formed the brothers where the women were, was also ar­rested. “The pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor charged all three of the ar­rested men with mur­der,” said the of­fi­cial. An­other source fa­mil­iar with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion said the two brothers had “claimed dur­ing ques­tion­ing that they had car­ried out the crime for honor”. Mur­der is pun­ish­able by death by hang­ing in Jor­dan, but courts usu­ally com­mute or re­duce sen­tences in so-called cases of “honor killings,” par­tic­u­larly if the vic­tim’s fam­ily urges le­niency. Jor­dan sees around 15-20 cases of so­called honor killings a year. — AFP

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