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Germany: Muslim migrants murder their sister, who had shamed family by remarrying, to restore family honor



In the Qur’an, a mysterious figure, known as Khidr in Islamic tradition, kills a boy in an apparently random and gratuitous attack. He then explains: “And as for the boy, his parents were believers, and we feared that he would overburden them by transgression and disbelief. So we intended that their Lord should substitute for them one better than him in purity and nearer to mercy.” (18:80-81)

And according to Islamic law, “retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.” However, “not subject to retaliation” is “a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.” (Reliance of the Traveller o1.1-2).

Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. The Palestinian Authority gives pardons or suspended sentences for honor murders. Iraqi women have asked for tougher sentences for Islamic honor murderers, who get off lightly now. Syria in 2009 scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but “the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour ‘provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.’” And in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that “Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values.”

“He suffocated his sister four days after the wedding,” translated from “Er erstickte seine Schwester vier Tage nach der Hochzeit,” by Bernhard Schilz, Bild, November 29, 2022 (thanks to Medforth):

Dresden – The district court sentenced the Iraqi Kurd Zairk A. (39) to life imprisonment. Together with his brother Sharhat (31), he smothered his own sister Sozan A. (22) with a blanket while she was sleeping in October 2017, faking her suicide.

Sozan A. had separated from her husband and married someone else. Judge Herbert Pröls (60): “In the eyes of the family, this was a shame. The brothers were supposed to restore the so-called family honor with the murder.”

Together with his brother, Zairk A. (38) is said to have committed a so-called “honor killing”.

The new husband had turned himself in to the police after losing personal contact with his wife and being stalled by the brothers. Officials eventually opened the apartment and found the 22-year-old’s body. The young woman was murdered just four days after her second marriage.

The judge in the verdict: “The accused denied her the right to live according to her own ideas”. The accused did not testify in court. But witness statements, driving profiles, mobile phone data and DNA traces weighed heavily on Zairk.

The two brothers were only caught in 2021, the verdict against the younger brother is still pending, he has just been sentenced in Italy to 7 years in prison for drug trafficking.