ROP: Father, Step-Mother, Son Kill Half Their Family.

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Closing arguments conclude in Canadian honor killing trial
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By Associated Press, Published: January 26

KINGSTON, Ontario — Evidence against three people accused of killing half their family over reasons of honor is “irrefutable,” a prosecutor told jurors Thursday in closing arguments.

Laurie Lacelle told the jury that Afghan-born Mohammad Shafia, 58, his wife Tooba Yahya, 42, and their son Hamed, 21, were responsible for planning and carrying out the murders of their four family members.


She urged the jury to find all three guilty in what the prosecution has alleged was a quadruple honor killing of Shafia’s three daughters and his other wife in a polygamous relationship.

The parents and son, Hamed, have pleaded not guilty to four counts of murder and defense lawyers told the jury in closing arguments the evidence suggests the deaths were an accident.

The accused allegedly killed the daughters because they dishonored the family by defying its disciplinarian rules on dress, dating, socializing and going online. The fourth victim was Shafia’s first wife who was living with him and his second wife, Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 41, in Montreal. The polygamous relationship, if revealed, could have resulted in their deportation.

Police made a grisly discovery in the summer of 2009 in canal locks east of Toronto: In a submerged Nissan car were the bodies of three teenage sisters and a 52-year-old woman.

The prosecution alleges it was a premeditated murder, staged to look like an accident after it was carried out.

“Shafia, Tooba and Hamed had decided that there was a diseased limb on their family tree,” Lacelle said. “Their decision was to trim the diseased limb and prune the tree back to the good wood.”

But defense lawyers told the jury in closing arguments the evidence does indeed fit with the deaths being an accident. The court has heard evidence that it appears the four made no attempt to escape the car through an open window, and the bodies were found eerily suspended inside. Defense lawyer Peter Kemp suggested that’s plausible in an accident scenario.

Kemp has told the jury that there are too many unknowns to be able to convict the accused, saying the jury doesn’t know where or how the alleged murders happened.

Lacelle presented wire taps and cell phone records from the Shafia family in court. In one phone conversation, the father says his daughters “betrayed us immensely.”

The wiretaps, which capture Shafia spewing vitriol about his dead daughters, calling them treacherous and whores and invoking the devil to defecate on their graves, were a focal point of the trial.

But defense lawyers argued that at no point in the intercepts do the accused say they drowned the victims.

Fazil Javad, Shafia’s brother-in-law, said Shafia tried to enlist him in a plan to drown the oldest daughter.

Judge Robert Maranger will give the jury final instructions Friday. Closing arguments lasted well into the evening Thursday after a bomb threat earlier delayed proceedings. Police Constable Steve Koopman couldn’t say if the security threat was related to the Shafia trial.

The family had left Afghanistan in 1992 and lived in Pakistan, Australia and Dubai before settling in Canada in 2007. Shafia, a wealthy businessman, married Yahya because his first wife could not have children.

The months leading up to the deaths were not happy ones in the Shafia household, the court has heard. Zainab, the oldest at 19, was forbidden to attend school for a year because she had a young Pakistani-Canadian boyfriend, and she fled to a shelter, terrified of her father, the court was told.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world...illing-trial/2012/01/26/gIQAH4BDUQ_story.html

The wiretaps, which capture Shafia spewing vitriol about his dead daughters, calling them treacherous and whores and invoking the devil to defecate on their graves, were a focal point of the trial.
What, normal grieving fathers don't ask the devil to shit on his dead children's graves?
 
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Worst he is going to get is 25 years... unless they classify him as a dangerous offender like Paul Bernardo...
 

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They're Canadian. Nobody cares, eh?
You forgot about the Hockey thing, Maple Syrup, and something about a Moose/Beaver. Slackass.

Worst he is going to get is 25 years... unless they classify him as a dangerous offender like Paul Bernardo...
Less than that. No question.

I.E. An Indian (Tonto, not Russell Peters) abducted a 10 year old boy, took him behind a Library, raped/Molested him, took cell phone pictures of it, and tossed them on the net. Kid got away and the guy was arrested. He was given 2 1/2 years. That's it.

The justice system in Canada is the most lenient of any Civilized country in the western world. The stories of Criminals doing all sorts of horrid things and getting piss poor sentences is vast and wide.
 

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Less than that. No question.

I.E. An Indian (Tonto, not Russell Peters) abducted a 10 year old boy, took him behind a Library, raped/Molested him, took cell phone pictures of it, and tossed them on the net. Kid got away and the guy was arrested. He was given 2 1/2 years. That's it.

The justice system in Canada is the most lenient of any Civilized country in the western world. The stories of Criminals doing all sorts of horrid things and getting piss poor sentences is vast and wide.
Canada's Justice System? Fucking garbage. Country is a sack of shit. :action-sm
 

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Concentration camps. Or genocide. Either one of those is good.
 

ShooterMcGavin

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ah what a peacful people they are
I am so fucking sick of people telling me to step in their shoes and understand the plight of the Muslim people. Fuck all of them. Even the good ones for following the religion albeit peacefully. They are all bad and they all deserve the worst.
 

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I.E. An Indian (Tonto, not Russell Peters) abducted a 10 year old boy, took him behind a Library, *****/Molested him, took cell phone pictures of it, and tossed them on the net. Kid got away and the guy was arrested. He was given 2 1/2 years. That's it.
Wow! A whole 2.5 years in the slammer. If it was his first offense I could see maybe 30 lashes with a wet noodle, and having to write 100 times on the black board "I wont r@pe children, because it's bad". But 2.5 whole years!!

Hey Canada....love your syrup, Rush rocks, your hockey is the cats pajamas, and I love to go up there to fish.......but you really stink at criminal justice.
 

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They are all bad and they all deserve the worst.
Hold on though. Even with your, uh, disapproval (perhaps justifiably) of the whole damn religion. Surely you can see that most of their women can't be grouped in with the men because of their subjugation.
 

ShooterMcGavin

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Hold on though. Even with your, uh, disapproval (perhaps justifiably) of the whole damn religion. Surely you can see that most of their women can't be grouped in with the men because of their subjugation.
True. Yes. Touche.
 

Yesterdays Hero

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Wow! A whole 2.5 years in the slammer. If it was his first offense I could see maybe 30 lashes with a wet noodle, and having to write 100 times on the black board "I wont r@pe children, because it's bad". But 2.5 whole years!!

Hey Canada....love your syrup, Rush rocks, your hockey is the cats pajamas, and I love to go up there to fish.......but you really stink at criminal justice.
Reasonably sure he's out in less than that because time served and good behavior.

Another one was some Native (Lou Diamond Phillips, not the Brown Guy off Heroes), they're the Shwoogies of Canada after all, broke into the ground floor of a single Moms apartment. raped her while having her 5-6 year old son 'Help'. He got 3 years. Three. He's out now of course, and was noted as an extreme danger to the public. But sure, let him out.

As for this story, all three of the Paki's got 1st Degree Murder slapped to them. All 3 still profess their innocence. Life with no parole for 25 years. About as stiff as sentences get up here.

Lovely people the Muslims. Hope they end up nuking themselves.
 

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Reasonably sure he's out in less than that because time served and good behavior.

Another one was some Native (Lou Diamond Phillips, not the Brown Guy off Heroes), they're the Shwoogies of Canada after all, broke into the ground floor of a single Moms apartment. raped her while having her 5-6 year old son 'Help'. He got 3 years. Three. He's out now of course, and was noted as an extreme danger to the public. But sure, let him out.

As for this story, all three of the Paki's got 1st Degree Murder slapped to them. All 3 still profess their innocence. Life with no parole for 25 years. About as stiff as sentences get up here.

Lovely people the Muslims. Hope they end up nuking themselves.
It'll never happen thanks to our "conservatives".
 

Party Rooster

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Reasonably sure he's out in less than that because time served and good behavior.

Another one was some Native (Lou Diamond Phillips, not the Brown Guy off Heroes), they're the Shwoogies of Canada after all, broke into the ground floor of a single Moms apartment. raped her while having her 5-6 year old son 'Help'. He got 3 years. Three. He's out now of course, and was noted as an extreme danger to the public. But sure, let him out.

As for this story, all three of the Paki's got 1st Degree Murder slapped to them. All 3 still profess their innocence. Life with no parole for 25 years. About as stiff as sentences get up here.

Lovely people the Muslims. Hope they end up nuking themselves.
My favorite one was the Asian guy that sliced up and ate the other dude on the Greyhound bus and was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
http://www.wackbag.com/showthread.php/104565-UPDATE-Greyhound-Beheader-NOT-GUILTY?

Miss Beeman and Whiskey Whispers. Wonder whatever happened to Whiskey Whispers...
 

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Shafia jury finds all guilty of 1st-degree murder


Verdict sends message, prosecutor says
By Melinda Dalton, CBC News Posted: Jan 29, 2012 8:48 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 29, 2012 5:00 PM ET Read 215 comments215

A Montreal couple and their son were all convicted Sunday of first-degree murder in the deaths of four family members in a case the judge called "despicable,' "heinous," and stemming from "a completely twisted concept of honour."

Mohammad Shafia, his wife Tooba Yahya and their son Hamed had pleaded not guilty.

They were accused of killing Hamed's three sisters and their father's childless first wife in a polygamous marriage.

The bodies of Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti Shafia, 13, along with Rona Mohammad Amir, 50, were found dead in the family’s Nissan, submerged in the Rideau Canal on June 30, 2009.

"It is difficult to conceive of a more despicable, more heinous crime," Justice Robert Maranger said.

"The apparent reason behind these cold-blooded, shameful murders was that the four completely innocent victims offended your completely twisted concept of honour ... that has absolutely no place in any civilized society," he said.


'We didn't commit the murder'
When Maranger asked if they each wanted to say anything, they each declared their innocence.

"We are not criminal, we are not murderers, we didn't commit the murder and this is unjust," Mohammad Shafia said through a translator.

"Your honourable justice, this is not just. I am not a murderer, and I am a mother, a mother," Yahya said.

Hamed Shafia said in English: "Sir, I did not drown my sisters anywhere."


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Zainab Shafia, 19, married her boyfriend Ammar Wahid, but the marriage was annulled the next day. This photo was recovered from her cell phone. (trial evidence)
One female juror started crying after the verdict was read, wiping her eyes. Hamed grabbed a hold of the prisoners' box for support, his parents rubbing his back as each juror affirmed that guilt was their verdict.

Outside the court house, the chief prosecutor said, "This is a good day for Canadian justice," adding that the four were "murdered by their family in the most troubling of circumstances," Gerard Laarhuis said.

"This verdict sends a very clear message about our Canadian values and core principles in a free, democratic society that all Canadians enjoy and even visitors to Canada enjoy," he said.

Patrick McCann, Hamed’s lawyer, told The Canadian Press that he was disappointed and didn’t understand how the Crown’s theory could fit. He said his client will appeal and likely his parents will as well.

The verdict came after about 15 hours of deliberations, less than 48 hours after they were first charged by Maranger.

They were each handed an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Geeti, Zainab and Sahar Shafia were found dead with their father's first wife, Rona Amir Mohammad, in June 2009. (Trial evidence)
Moosa Hadi, the private investigator hired by the Shafia family to find "the truth", was taken off the property by police after shouting at the prosecutor that the decision was an "injustice."

3-month trial
During the nearly three-month-long trial, the Crown maintained the family road trip was part of a plot to kill the four because they had tainted the family’s honour. The Crown alleged the family's patriarch was upset that his two eldest daughters wanted boyfriends, betraying his traditional Afghan values.

The Shafias moved to Canada in 2007. They fled their native Afghanistan more than 15 years earlier and had lived in Dubai and Australia before moving the family to Montreal and applied for citizenship.

At the time of the deaths, they were all permanent residents, except for Amir who had only a visitors’ visa.

A crowd gathers outside the Frontenac County Court House in Kingston, Ont. on Sunday. (CBC)
They told authorities, and initially maintained after the deaths, that Amir was Shafia’s cousin.

Shafia, by all accounts a prosperous business man, owned commercial property in the Montreal area and ran a business buying used cars in North America and shipping them overseas.

Rona Amir was Shafia’s first wife. The couple wed in an arranged marriage in Kabul before civil war broke out in their homeland. Amir wasn’t able to conceive and encouraged Shafia to take another wife, which he did in 1989, marrying Tooba Yahya in another arranged marriage.

Yahya and Shafia had seven children, which Rona helped to raise. Court heard Yahya gave daughter Sahar to her co-wife to raise as her own.

However, the family situation deteriorated for Amir over time. Her diary details her trials and tribulations in the family and states she was like a servant to the preferred wife, Yahya, in the year before her death. She describes a lonely life in Canada and that she would “wander in parks and cry.” Court also heard testimony about her unsuccessful request for a divorce. According to the diary, Yahya likened her to a dead weight.

Eldest daughters had secret boyfriends
Zainab and Sahar, the two eldest daughters, also had trouble assimilating into life in Montreal within strict the boundaries of household rules, which included a prohibition on relationships with boys. Both had secret boyfriends, wore fashionable clothes and, according to evidence heard in court, resisted pressure from their parents and eldest brother to wear the hijab.

They both reported incidents or threats of violence from their father and brother to authorities.

Geeti was, as the Crown described, a rebel. While there’s no evidence to show she was hiding any boyfriends, she also resisted her family’s rules and had been caught shoplifting and expelled from class for wearing a shirt deemed too revealing.

Motive for murder

According to the Crown’s case, the murder plot was sparked when Zainab ran away to a Montreal women’s shelter in April 2009. This, the Crown alleged, was the ultimate act of betrayal. She had made the family’s problems public and she did it so she could ultimately marry an unapproved man, the boyfriend she had hidden from her parents and brother.

She was eventually coaxed back home by Yahya with the promise that the wedding could go forward.

Court heard evidence that Shafia had called a relative of Yahya’s and proposed a plot to take Zainab to Sweden, have a picnic by the water and then drown her. Another relative testified Shafia had told him he would have killed his daughter if he had been at the marriage to her boyfriend, which was annulled the next day.

The defence tried to discredit these witnesses, pointing out long-standing animosity between Shafia and Yahya’s family members and suggested they had made up the events.

The murder plot came to include Sahar, according to the Crown, when photos of her with boys and dressed in revealing clothes were discovered and a younger sibling spotted her at a restaurant with her boyfriend and reported it back to the parents and Hamed.

The photos, which the defence claimed were found after the deaths, were recovered by police in a suitcase in Hamed’s room. They were in a pocket that also contained his used boarding passes from a trip to Dubai to meet his father earlier in June.

Geeti and Amir were also killed because they had also been involved in acts of betrayal and couldn’t be counted on to tell the same story after the deaths, according to the Crown’s case.

While the jury had a significant amount of evidence to consider, more than 160 exhibits and testimony from nearly 60 witnesses, most of that evidence was circumstantial.

The bodies of Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti Shafia, 13, along with Rona Mohammad Amir, 50, were found dead in the family’s Nissan, submerged in the Rideau Canal on June 30, 2009.
It included computer searches made on the Shafia laptop, most often used by Hamed, for things like “Where to commit a murder,” “Can a prisoner have control over his real estate,” and other various searches for bodies of water.

It also included seemingly damning wiretaps of the accused discussing the state of the Kingston Locks at night, making disparaging remarks about the women and, in Shafia’s case, remarks about the value of family honour.

The jury saw a series of police interviews with the accused where they at first all told the same story about the accident, but Yahya later claimed she had been there and fainted when the car went into the water. She later recanted that story.

They heard from collision experts who talked about damage on the Nissan that was consistent with coming into contact with the family’s Lexus SUV.

They heard from the motel manager in Kingston who recalled Hamed and Shafia checking in that night and telling him there would only be six guests in two rooms. He recalled them leaving after check in and seeing only one vehicle.

Family dysfunction

There was evidence given from teachers and social workers who talked about the girls’ complaints about abuse at the home. Cultural experts were brought in to explain the concept of honour killings and to tell the jury why some of the vulgar expressions on the wiretaps weren’t that offensive in the Shafia’s native Dari.

They heard arguments from the defence about a timeline of the night, based largely on cellphone records, which the lawyers said proved the accused wouldn’t have enough time to drown the women after reaching Kingston just before 2 a.m. and for Hamed to reach Montreal, where his phone was recorded at 6:48 a.m. on June 30.

What they didn’t hear was exactly how the women died. They drowned, that’s certain according to the forensic pathologist who signed off on their post mortem exams.

However, the Crown could not conclusively tell the jury where they drowned or why they sat seemingly calm in the Nissan with the window open and in relatively shallow water when they plunged to their deaths.

There was no evidence of any drugs in the women’s systems, according to toxicology reports.

3 victims had bruising on their heads
The Crown’s theory was they were drowned elsewhere or incapacitated then put in the car. That was supported by evidence of fresh bruising on the heads of three out of the four women

The car was in first gear when it was pulled from the water with the ignition off. The headlights were also off, the girls weren’t wearing seatbelts and the seats were reclined at an awkward angle.

This, the prosecution told the jury, supported the theory that they were placed in the car which was then pushed into the Locks by the family’s SUV. Pieces of the SUVs headlights were found at the scene.

However, the defence argued, without conclusive proof of how the car went into the water, no one would know exactly what happened that night and it may well have been an accident.

Hamed Shafia told another version of the events that night to a private investigator hired by his father after the arrests. He said that he followed the girls and rear ended the car by accident when they stopped short at the locks.

Car plunged into water
While he was picking up pieces of the broken headlight, the car plunged in the water as the driver was trying to turn around. He rushed over, called their names, dangled a rope in the water, but when no one responded he took off to Montreal and didn’t report the incident because he said he feared his father’s anger.

He then staged an accident in Montreal to cover the damage to the SUV.

Hamed’s lawyer told the court in his closing arguments his client was guilty of being “stupid” but not murder.

The jury, comprised of seven women and five men, listened to more than 40 days of proceedings that included delays for a health emergency with Shafia, a power outage caused by an ice storm and an evacuation caused by a security threat at the court house.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2012/01/29/shafia-sunday.html
 

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Ah, shit. Of course.