Jordanian Man Only Receives 10 Years In Jail For Massacring Daughter In "Honor Killing"

If a ten year sentence is what Jordanian officials consider appropriate for a cold blooded murder of a female relative, it is no wonder that Jordanian officials have not been able to end such "honor crimes" against family. In many cases perpetrators of such crimes receive less than a year or two in prison after being let out of jail early. In some cases, the murderers haven't even received jail time.

From the Agence France Presse:
AMMAN — A Jordanian court sentenced a 61-year-old man to 10 years in prison on Wednesday after convicting him of killing his teenage daughter last year to "defend his honour," a judicial official said.

"In 2008, the 17-year-old girl was kidnapped and raped by a group of men, who are currently on trial," the official told AFP.

"But the father suspected that his daughter was involved in a sexual relationship with one of the men. He shot her dead before handing himself in to police, claiming he wanted to defend his honour."

The court initially jailed the father for 15 years, "but decided to reduce the sentence after the man's family urged leniency," he said, adding the murder took place in Ein Basha, outside Amman.

In a separate case, a court commuted the death sentence of a man to 10 years in jail for strangling his married sister to death in 2007 "because he suspected the girl was involved in prostitution," in the Red Sea port of Aqaba, an official said.

The official declined to elaborate.

Murder is punishable by death in Jordan but in so-called "honour" cases a court sometimes commutes or reduces sentences, particularly if the victim's family urges leniency.

Between 15 and 20 women are murdered in Jordan honour killings each year despite government efforts to fight such crimes.

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