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Jordanian man gets 10 years for “honor” killing

A 23 year old Jordanian man, had his death sentence reduced to 10 years in prison, for the killing of his sister.

The court heard that he stabbed his sister 14 times and shot her repeatedly after her former husband accused her of having affairs.

Jordanians convicted of so called “honour killings” have previously been jailed for as little as six months.

Amnesty International says that last year 17 women were officially recorded as having been killed in “honour crimes” in Jordan.

I am glad to hear this positive advance in Jordan. We as a society cannot tolerate such behaviors. No one’s honor is to held at a higher regards than another’s life, period. I am glad he did not get the death sentence either as I am morally opposed to such measure. Kudos to Jordan, but you may want to increase the penalty a bit.

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May 14, 2008 - Posted by | Crimes against Humanity, Morality | ,

2 Comments »

  1. The STOP HONORCIDE! campaign was launched on Mother’s Day 2008. The goal of the campaign is to prosecute honorcides to the fullest extent of the law. We want honorcide to be classified as a hate crime and we advocate for every existing hate crime legislation to be amended to include honorcide.

    http://www.reformislam.org/honorcide/

    Comment by reformislam | May 14, 2008 | Reply

  2. I think the only reason the punishment in this case is 10 years is because the prosecution could demonstrate the crime was premeditated, making it ineligible for the leniency offered by Articles 97, 98, and 340.

    The average sentence for dishonor killings in Jordan is six months. No kudos from me for that.

    Ellen R. Sheeley, Author
    “Reclaiming Honor in Jordan”

    Comment by ammani | May 14, 2008 | Reply


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