Shafias appeal convictions over honour killing testimony

TORONTO – An honour killing expert’s testimony risked fuelling “racial and cultural hatred” against a trio convicted of murdering four female members of their Afghan family, Ontario’s highest court will hear Thursday.

Lawyers for Mohammad Shafia, 62, his second wife, Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 46, and their eldest son, Hamed, 25, will try to overturn their clients’ first-degree murder convictions for killing three sisters and another family member based on several grounds — including the use of this honour-killing expert’s testimony — at the Ontario Court of Appeal.

The use of “overwhelmingly prejudicial evidence” by University of Toronto Prof. Shahzrad Mojab on honour killings enabled the jurors to understand “how a mother, father and brother could kill their own flesh and blood,” lawyers Jonathan Dawe and Michael Dineen wrote in their factum.

  • BillyHW

    Good, I was hoping this particular instance of diversity would cost us more, more, more!

    We’re going to be so strong after this is all done.

    • Damn right and Justin is importing another 25,000!

      • reidjr

        And another Isis supporter was arrested in Gatineau.

  • David

    If you haven,t read it try The Greatest Murder Machine in History By Mike Konrad at SheikyerMami.

  • David Murrell

    Essentially what the Shafia-murder-appeal lawyers are saying is that all testimony from experts studying honour killings is no good, given that the entire concept of honour killings is supposedly bogus. It will be interesting to see if our corrupt, left-leaning judicial system agrees with this argument. If so, it could move discussions of honour murders into the background.

    • Except that honour-killings happen all the time.

      • David Murrell

        Indeed they do.

        • So- their basis is what? It doesn’t happen because they think it doesn’t?

          What a dangerous precedent.

  • tom_billesley

    The court used a female Iranian expert witness against an Afghan. That’s racist.

  • They will walk.

    Canada has no justice system.

  • Clausewitz

    Put them in a Pinto, weld the doors shut, and repeatedly ram them from behind.