Jordanian honour killer charged

A JORDANIAN man who admitted killing his sister “to cleanse the family’s honour” was charged with committing a “pre-meditated crime” yesterday, a judicial source told AFP.

The 25-year-old man was accused of committing a “pre-meditated crime and illegally carrying a weapon” after he fired several times at his sister, killing her on the spot.

“The man confessed, saying he had acted to save the honour of the family after being informed that his sister, a married woman and the mother of two, hosted men in her home in the absence of her husband,” the source added.

“The brothers of the victim and her husband saw a man leaving the house. The victim said that it was a thief. The man is now detained and being questioned by police.”

One of the brothers, however, did not wait for the results of the investigation and killed his sister, according to the same source.

Murder is punishable by death in Jordan but in so-called “honour killings” courts can commute or reduce sentences, particularly if the victim’s family asks for leniency.

Between 15 and 20 women are murdered in such killings each year in the Arab kingdom, despite government efforts to curb such crimes.

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