Jor­dan im­mi­grant fam­ily charged in ac­tivist’s death

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A Jor­da­nian im­mi­grant bent on re­venge over his daugh­ter’s mar­riage to a Chris­tian killed a fe­male Ira­nian ac­tivist who per­suaded the woman to go through with the mar­riage, then later killed his despised son-in-law, ac­cord­ing to charges re­vealed Wed­nes­day in Hous­ton.

Ali Awad Mah­moud Ir­san, 57, is charged with cap­i­tal mur­der in the 2012 deaths of Gel­erah Bagherzadeh and son-in-law Coty Beavers. Sh­mou Ali Al­rawab­deh, his 37-year-old wife, and his 21-year-old son, Nasim Ir­san, are charged with mur­der for as­sist­ing in Bagherzadeh’s slay­ing, ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors.

Na­dia Ir­san, 30, an­other of Ir­san’s daugh­ters, is charged with felony stalk­ing for track­ing her es­tranged sis­ter for her fa­ther, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Fa­ther, mother and daugh­ter are in fed­eral cus­tody await­ing sen­tenc­ing in an un­re­lated dis­abil­ity fraud case. The son was ar­rested Wed­nes­day and is be­ing held on US$500,000 bond, said fam­ily at­tor­ney John Floyd of Hous­ton.

The fam­ily had noth­ing to do with the slay­ings, Floyd said.

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