Back in October we were all surprised but elated when the FBI announced that they have labeled the murder of the Said sisters as an Honor Killing. But then CAIR, labeled as a front group for the Muslim Brotherhood terrorists by the US department of justice, protested so the FBI went DHIMMI, caving in to the terrorist group by withdrawing Honor Killing Designation of the murder of Amina and Sarah Said by their coward father. Source
In Britain a senior judge condemned the notion of honour killings as an affront to English law. Lord Justice Wall declared that ‘they are acts of simply sordid criminal behavior’ and ‘had nothing to do with any concept of honour known to English law’.Source
There is still one country where one is allowed to call a “spade a spade.” In Canada A jury found Hasibullah Sadiqi guilty on two counts of first-degree murder in the 2006 gun slayings of his sister Khatera Sadiqi and her fiance Feroz Mangal, the prosecution described the case as an “honour killing” designed to restore honour to the Sadiqi family:
By TERRI SAUNDERS, SUN MEDIA
OTTAWA – A man who killed his sister and her fiance because they brought dishonour on his family was sentenced to life in prison yesterday with no chance of parole for 25 years.
Hasibullah Sadiqi, 23, said nothing after a jury of seven men and five women found him guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the Sept. 19, 2006 gun slayings of his sister, Khatera Sadiqi, 20, and her fiance, Feroz Mangal, 23. The couple were shot to death while they sat in Khatera’s car in the Elmvale Mall parking lot just before 1 a.m.
“Your crimes have shocked and bewildered the people of almost every community in the nation’s capital,” said Ontario Superior Court Justice Douglas Rutherford, who sentenced Sadiqi immediately following the verdict. “The forfeiture of your liberty for the rest of your life only seems just.”
Members of Mangal’s family, including three of his brothers, wept in the courtroom when the verdict was confirmed by Rutherford. Hameed Mangal told the court his family’s lives have not been the same since the killings.
“Feroz was a loving and respectful person who never said a word of contempt in his entire life, a person who had never harmed a living thing,” said Mangal, reading a victim impact statement in front of the jury and Sadiqi. “Khatera, with her bubbly personality (and) kind and caring heart, made a great impact in our family within a short period of time.”
Over the course of the month-long trial, the jury heard from witnesses that Hasibullah Sadiqi was angered by the fact his sister had decided to get engaged to Mangal without seeking the permission of her father, from who she was estranged. Khatera had also begun living with Mangal and his family, another decision which witnesses said upset Hasibullah.
On the evening of Sept. 18, 2006, the couple went for dinner and to a movie with a group of friends that included Hasibullah. Khatera and Mangal drove Hasibullah to where his car was parked near the mall at the end of the evening. Before they could drive away, Hasibullah walked to his car, pulled a loaded Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum handgun from underneath the seat, walked back to Khatera’s car and shot the couple at close range. Khatera died at the scene; Mangal was taken to hospital but died 10 days later when he was removed from life support.
In a victim impact statement read to the court by assistant Crown attorney Mark Moors, Khatera’s mother, Nasima Fayaz wrote about how there remain unanswered questions despite the conclusion of the trial.
“The most compelling question, though, and always the most elusive, is why?” Fayaz wrote. “In this instance, why were two clean-living, law-abiding young people so shockingly removed from this world? Can anyone convincingly answer this question?”
At the start of the trial, Moors told the jury the shootings were planned and deliberate — an “honour killing” designed to restore honour to the Sadiqi family through the spilling of Khatera’s blood. Hasibullah considered Khatera’s actions to be contrary to the family’s Afghan heritage, Moors said.
Attorneys for Hasibullah told the jury their client “lost control” in the moments before the shooting after the trio argued, and suggested there was no planning on his part. In the end, the jury adopted the Crown’s theory of what happened that night and why.
Rutherford said he would have joined in those findings had he been a member of the jury and admonished Hasibullah for his actions, calling them the product of his own “twisted sense of values.”
Although she lives in British Columbia, Fayaz travelled to Ottawa to testify at the trial and to visit the Carp cemetery where Khatera and Mangal are buried side by side in what her mother described as a peaceful but silent place.
“‘Why?’ is unanswered here, too,” she wrote. “Khatera would have been 22 if she were alive today and Feroz 26. No doubt they would have been getting on with their lives, probably married by now and planning careers and a family. Instead there is silence and absence. Our shock, grief and anger is slowly diminishing over time to an uneasy acceptance.”
Hameed Mangal spoke of the hopes and dreams his parents had for their children when they came to Canada many years ago.
“My parents left a war-torn country, Afghanistan, to escape persecution and killings,” said Mangal.
“We took refuge in a wonderful land — Canada — to seek opportunities, get education and to achieve our goals. We saw Canada as a land where one could feel safe and secure and never imagined that one person could kill another human being. All our dreams, our hopes and our goals in life have been shattered. To an extent, we still feel insecure, traumatized and in a state of shock.”
Fayaz had some words of advice for anyone considering a similar crime.
“Sometimes we describe this as the struggle between good and evil. I prefer to describe it as the struggle between education and ignorance,” she wrote.
“In the end, perhaps ignorance can only be defeated by confronting itself. Our family appeals to anyone who may be caught up in such a situation as this. Think. Think hard and think again. The taking of another person’s life is an act of utter finality. No power on earth can reopen the door just closed.”