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Hala, shot six times in the chest, head and stomach, 2007

A Jordanian was sentenced on Sunday to 10 years in prison for killing his daughter in 2007 over a love affair with a man she later married, a court official told AFP. An initial sentence of 15 years passed on the 60-year-old father, who was not identified, was immediately cut by a third after the court found “mitigating circumstances,” the official said.

The 25-year-old daughter, named by the official only as Hala and identified as a factory worker in Amman, was pregnant when her boyfriend asked her father for her hand in marriage, he said. ”The father agreed after the man gave him a cheque for $28,000. Following the marriage, the father kept pushing his daughter to abort the foetus, but she and her husband refused,” the official said.
The father “became enraged, especially after her husband said he wanted to hold a wedding party,” he added. “He went to their home when she was alone and shot her six times in the chest, head and stomach.” 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 or relatives ask for leniency.
Between 15 and 20 women are murdered in honour killings each year in the kingdom, despite government efforts to curb such crimes. Also on Sunday, a 20-year-old man was sentenced to 10 years in jail for stabbing to death his divorced 22-year-old sister because “she frequently left her family’s house without permission,” the same official said.

And a 75-year-old man was sentenced to seven and a half years for shooting dead his married sister in 2009 “over an argument after he told her not to leave the house.”

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