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German court gives father life jail for honour killing of daughter
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Kleve, Germany – A German court imprisoned a Kurdish man, 50, for life on Tuesday for ordering the “honour killing” of his own daughter after being told she had lost her virginity. A son and an Azeri friend lured the 20-year-old woman, Gulsum, to a lonely country road near the Dutch border, throttled her with a rope and clubbed her to death, inflicting horrific injuries to her face.
German authorities have vowed to stamp out the archaic custom among some Kurds, Turks and other ethnic groups of families murdering their own members who offend “family honour” through sexual relationships. Social workers had earlier tried to protect Gulsum.
The state court at Kleve sentenced Gulsum’s brother, 20, to nine and a half years in youth prison, just short of the maximum youth sentence of 10 years. He and the victim were two out of three triplets. He had confessed to the killing after he was arrested.
His helper, 37, was jailed for seven and a half years.
Judges said they were convinced the only motive to murder Gulsum had been that she was no longer a virgin and had secretly undergone an abortion.
They said they were also convinced the father of 10, who denied the murder, had ordered his son to kill the sister.
The trio were accused of jointly murdering her in March.
Gulsum had rebelled against the family’s Muslim-oriented rules and after suffering several beatings at home, requested help from German social workers. They arranged for her to live in an apartment, but she later moved home to her family again.
The family, who moved to Germany from Turkey, had lived for 15 years in the small town of Rees on the Rhine plain in the west of Germany.
German federal police say there have been 55 honour killings in Germany over the last nine years. An anthropologist, Anna Caroline Coester, said last month that count was too high, with only 40 per cent of the cases cold-blooded honour killings in the strict sense.
By MSN NZ
Monday, December 21, 2009
A 15-year-old British girl murdered by her father in so-called honour killing was reportedly pregnant at the time of her death.
Tulay Goren disappeared in January 1999, shortly after her father told his eight-year-old son to kiss his sister goodbye as he would never see her again. Her body was never found.
Mehmet Goren, 49, was last week handed a life sentence for killing his daughter because of her relationship with an older man who belonged to a different branch of Islam.
As detectives admitted police had ignored “tell-tale signs” before the murder, an old school friend of Tulay’s told the BBC the teenager had admitted to being pregnant.
“One day she came in and said, ‘I’m pregnant and I’m going to run away,’ but I didn’t know if she was serious or not,” Nadia Mahmood recalled.
“I thought it was just one of those things you say.”
Tulay’s mother Hanim, who had suffered three decades of abuse at her husband’s hands, was among those who gave evidence against Goren, weeping and screaming in the witness box and demanding he reveal where the body was so she could bury it.
One of his other daughters, Nuray Guler, also testified against him, screaming: “Even animals would not do what you have done.”
Prosecution lawyer Jonathan Laidlaw told the court that the Goren case was a “terrible reminder of what honour-based crime can involve” and a “wake-up call” to the existence of so-called “honour killings” in Britain.
Police had become involved with the family in the weeks before the murder, when Goren beat up his daughter’s boyfriend, Halil Unal, then complained about their relationship to officers and demanded she take a virginity test.
Tulay ran away and told police her father had beaten her and she would rather go into care than return home, but her mother persuaded her to go back.
Goren attacked his daughter’s boyfriend for a second time just 13 days after Tulay went missing, this time with a hatchet, and it was while in hospital that Unal reported his girlfriend missing.
But police failed to put two and two together and it was two months before they began to suspect Tulay had been murdered. They submitted a file to prosecutors in 2000 but were told there was not enough evidence for charges.
Goren was finally arrested in 2008, along with his two brothers, after a review.
Both his brothers were cleared of wrongdoing in court Thursday.
An ethnic Kurd from Elbistan in Turkey, Goren had moved to Britain claiming asylum in 1996. He was jailed in 2000 for his hatchet attack on Unal but escaped deportation because his family all lived in Britain.
The 49-year-old admitted hitting his daughter and wife but denied murder, saying he still believed Tulay was alive and “will turn up one day”.