The Corner

The Danes…

….still getting it:

“This week, for the very first time, a court in Europe sentenced nine members of the same family for the honour killing of a female relative…As in the Surucu case the general practice so far has been to sentence only the actual murderers. Last Tuesday in Denmark, however, a jury of the Østre Landsret ruled that not only the man who pulled the trigger was guilty, but every family member who collaborated in “punishing” Ghazala Khan, an 18-year old Danish-born woman of Pakistani origin, who was shot by her brother 30-year old Akhtar Abbas, on 23 September 2005, two days after her marriage…The Danish verdict is historic, not only because the entire clan was punished but also because the head of the family, who ordered the killing, was given a heavier sentence than the actual murderer. Families often choose a family member who is still a minor to carry out an honour assassination because, being a minor, he is likely to get a more lenient sentence under Western law.”

Via the Brussels Journal.

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