Suspects in honor-killing case jailed for life in Ontario

The three main suspects in Shafia honour-killing case have been imprisoned for life. Muhammad Shafia and his accomplices were accused of killing four Shafia women. Shafia, Yahya and Hamed were proven guilty of four counts of first-degree murder after a three-month-long trial.

Judge Robert Maranger of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice said: “You have each been convicted of the planned and deliberate murder of four members of your family. It’s a verdict clearly supported by the evidence presented at this trial. It is difficult to conceive of a more despicable, more heinous crime.

“There is nothing more honourless than the deliberate murder of, in the case of Mohammad Shafia, three of his daughters and his wife, in the case of Tooba Yahya, three of her daughters and a stepmother to all her children, in the case of Hamed Shafia three of sisters and a mother.

“The apparent reason behind these cold-blooded, shameful murders was that the four completely innocent victims offended your twisted notion of honour, a notion of honour that is founded upon the domination and control of women, a sick notion of honour that has absolutely no place in any civilized society.”

In 2009, all of the victims were found dead in a car. Apparently they had drowned to death but examinations could not pinpoint where and how they drowned.

According to lawyer Peter Kemp, who represents Shafia, Muhammad Shafia was not convicted for what he did; he was convicted for what he said.

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