Kingston court denies Shafias right to communicate with their remaining children

From the National Post.

A Kingston court rescinded Tuesday Mohammed Shafia and his second wife Tooba  Mohammed Yayha’s previous grant to communicate with their surviving children. Their son Hamed has also been denied the privilege of communicating with his siblings. All three have been formally charged with four counts of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the deaths of their three teenage daughters, (Hamid’s sisters) and Mohammed’s first wife. The bodies of Zianab, Sahari and Geeti Shafia and Rona Amir Mohammed were pulled from a submerged car at the Kingston Locks in late June. It is suspected that the murders may be honour killings. The three surviving children are in the care of Montreal child protective services.

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KINGSTON, Ont. — A Montreal couple accused in the death of their three daughters and the husband’s first wife in June have been denied the right to speak to their remaining children, a judge has ruled.

Mohammad Shafia, 56, and Tooba Mohammed Yahya, 39, are charged with four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the deaths of four women.

According to the Kingston Whig-Standard, the couple was ordered to cease communication shortly after their arrest. A court order allowing the couple to communicate with their children was brought into effect three weeks ago.

The exemption was rescinded Tuesday in a Kingston, Ont., court.

The couple’s 18-year-old son, Hamid Mohammed Shafia, who is facing the same charges, was also denied the right to speak to his remaining three siblings.

The bodies of the Shafia sisters Zainab, 19; Sahari, 17; and Geeti, 13 along with the 50-year-old Rona Amir Mohammad were pulled out a car submerged in the Rideau Canal near Kingston on June 30.

The family had originally told police investigators that their eldest daughter Zainab had taken the family vehicle for a joyride the night before the bodies were found. It was later reported that the daughter had been rebellious and that the killings may have been linked to “honour.”

Montreal Gazette

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