Israel: Man sentenced to 16 years imprisonment for 'honour' killing
But after the killing of Hamda, about 20 female relatives decided to speak up, among them Amama Abu Ghanem, the mother of Hamda and of Rashad, the brother now sentenced to jail.
The case against Rashad ended in a plea bargain, and not a full murder conviction, largely because a key witness, identified by police only as Y for her own protection, disappeared about a year ago.
Before her disappearance, Y had told police that she had seen Rashad entering the family's apartment then fleeing from it shortly before Hamda's body was found. In the absence of Y, the court allowed the statement she had made to the police to be used as evidence against Rashad. Evidence of a shooting was also found on Rashad's clothes.
By: Isabel Kershner
4 March 2008
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