Iraqi immigrant who ran over daughter in Arizona ‘honour killing’ gets 34 years in prison

YAHOONEWS… PHOENIX – An Iraqi immigrant was sentenced Friday to 34 1/2 years in an Arizona prison for running over and killing his 20-year-old daughter because she became too Westernized.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Roland Steinle told Faleh Hassan Almaleki that forgiveness is the core of all religion, but the judge said he was struck by Almaleki’s apparent lack of remorse for killing Noor Almaleki.

The case caused outrage nationwide after prosecutors deemed it an “honour killing” because Faleh Almaleki had said his daughter dishonoured his family.

Defence attorneys called the death an accident.

But in a statement, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, whose prosecutors handled the case, said “the killing of one’s own child is more than just a violation of the law.”

“It is an offence against parenthood itself and the awesome responsibility parents have for nurturing and protecting their children,” he said. “Dishonour, disrespect and other cultural mores can never serve as a justification for the taking of an innocent life. Mr. Almaleki will have an appropriately long time in prison to ponder this truth.”

A jury found Faleh Almaleki guilty of second-degree murder for the killing and aggravated assault for running over the mother of Noor Almaleki’s boyfriend. Jurors also convicted Faleh Almaleki of two counts of leaving the scene of an accident.

On Oct. 20, 2009, Noor Almaleki spotted her father when she and Amal Khalaf visited a Department of Economic Security office. When the two women left the office, Faleh Almaleki hit them with his Jeep before fleeing the country, prosecutors said.

Law enforcement soon caught up with him in London and returned him to Phoenix.

Khalaf lived and was at Friday’s sentencing. Noor Almaleki was in a coma for two weeks before she died from her injuries.

Faleh Almaleki moved his family from Iraq to the Phoenix suburb of Glendale in the mid-1990s. He wanted his daughter to adhere to Iraqi traditions, but she wanted to be a typical American girl, according to court records and her close friends.

At 17, she refused to enter an arranged marriage in Iraq, enraging her father, according to a court document filed by prosecutors.

At 19, Noor Almaleki moved into her own apartment and began working at a fast food restaurant but quit after her parents kept showing up at her work, insisting she return home, the document said.

Later in 2009, she moved in with her boyfriend and his parents, Reikan and Amal Khalaf, after saying her parents had hit her.

The document said that Faleh Almaleki regularly harassed his daughter and the Khalafs, once telling Reikan Khalaf that if his daughter didn’t move out of their home, “something bad was going to happen.”

4 Replies to “Iraqi immigrant who ran over daughter in Arizona ‘honour killing’ gets 34 years in prison”

  1. I was training in Delaware when this happenned in ’09. For me, like the end of my tour, it is closure over what I knew was an Islamic event in Dar al-Harb, and everyone around me kept asking how this could happen, and when supplied with an answer, they couldn’t believe it was related to Islam.

    Well, I’m back now, and I didn’t stop writing about it during my training and during the deployment, and I’m not about to stop writing about it now that I’m back home.

    Thanks again Vlad for givin’ me one more thing to close the book on. If I remember, I might post this and link to it tomorrow…well, that woudl be today.

  2. Glad he has such a long sentence, hopefully with no parole, and perhaps he will have his oraphases enlarged, all day and all night, but if anything like the afghans who dress up little boys, this bloke, killing his daughter may just love the prision life, I hope he is in a really really tough prision

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