This article by Phyllis Chesler on yesterdays Shafia murder trial verdict I believe deserves more weight than most opinion on the matter as Ms. Chesler has very rare experience in terms of Afghan Islamic culture as evidenced by this 2006 and excellent article of hers which I pimp on this blog often, ‘How Afghanistan Shaped my Feminism‘. Please take the time and read this as well.
On January 29, after a ten-week trial and fifteen hours of deliberations, a seven woman, five man jury returned with a verdict of guilty to first degree murder for all three Afghan-Canadians who were charged in the pre-meditated murder of four female members of the polygamous Shafia family.
The convicted are each facing 25 years without parole.
Mohammed Shafia, 58, Tooba Yahya, 42 (his second wife), and Hamed, 21, their son, were found guilty of conspiring to and of having murdered Mohammed’s first wife, Rona Mohammed Amir, 50, and Tooba Yahya’s three daughters, Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13, because they refused to wear hijab, wore Western, sometimes “sexy” clothing, dared to have boyfriends, and, in their father’s words, “dishonored” and “betrayed” both “their family and Islam.”
On June 30, 2009, when the bodies of the dead girls and woman were discovered in the family’s Nissan in the Rideau Canal, the accused wept uncontrollably and went through an exaggerated public display of mourning.