Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Shafias to appeal murder convictions in honor killings trial

Okay, it's official. The first-degree murder convictions or all three defendants is being appealed (one is already in the books). They apparently didn't like the evidence that was presented and their lawyer calls it "prejudicial".

The issue has to do with whether or not what the friends and teachers of the victims testified the victims said is admissable. The defense calls it "hearsay evidence" and should not have been heard by the jury.

The defense attorney for one of the accused also didn't like a particular expert on "honor killings" who testified for the prosecution. This expert testified that some cultures call for such action when family honor is threatened. Since the expert's research was done in countries other than Afghanistan, the defense implies it's basically worthless in this case.  It does not matter that over 90% of honor killings are committed by Muslims who come from Muslim countries including Afghanistan.  In fact, wasn't it Afghanistan were a husband and mother just murdered a woman for giving birth to a third girl instead of a prized male?

There was no way the Ontario taxpayers were going to get off easy in this case. Too much is at stake for many Muslims worldwide and in Canada, and many liberals.

From my perspective, we'll have to hear this one -- perhaps all the way to the Supreme Court. And the reason is that what's really at stake is our Canadian society and how our children will live in the next several centuries.  It would be nice however that if they lose the appeal, all prosecuting costs should come from the Shafia fortune they otherwise get to keep.  Of course, the chances of that are nil -- that they pay for the prosecution, that is.

Please watch this case carefully and let's pray that reason and truth prevail, not technicalities. Most of us are sick and tired of technicalities allowing some criminals to remain unpunished for anything they may have done.

Shafias to appeal murder convictions - Montreal - CBC News
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