March 5 2012
Yusra Farhan, left, is charged with beating her daughter. Mohammed Altameemi, top right, and Tabarak Altameemi also are charged with assault.
PHOENIX – An Iraqi mother accused of beating her teenage daughter for not going along with an arranged marriage pleaded not guilty Monday in a case police said involved burning the teen on her face and chest with a hot spoon.
Yusra Farhan, 50, entered the plea to charges of aggravated assault, unlawful imprisonment and resisting arrest.
The daughter, 19, refused to participate in an arranged marriage with a 38-year-old man, authorities said.
Two other defendants, the victim’s sister, 18-year-old Tabarak Altameemi, and father, 45-year-old Mohammed Altameemi, also pleaded not guilty to assault and unlawful imprisonment.
MyFoxPhoenix.com cited court records showing that on Feb. 7 Mohammed Altameemi got mad at his daughter because she left night class with a boy. The father picked her up at school and took her home.
He is accused of cutting his daughter’s neck with a knife. Police say he admitted he was trying to kill her, but Tabarak Altameemi intervened.
They, other siblings and Farhan then allegedly taped the 19-year-old’s mouth, bound her hands and body with rope and beat her.