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Three men sentenced to life in Pakistan for "honor killing"


Citing news agencies on September 6, Al Diyar reported that a Pakistani court in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province has sentenced to life in prison three Pakistanin men in connection with “honor killings” of three women. The public prosecutor maintained that the court handed down life sentences to three men on charges of murder and acquitted five others. The defendants’ lawyer, Sarfaraz Khan, said he would appeal in the higher court. The three men are Umar Khan, a brother of one of the victims, and Thaer and Saber Khan, the fathers of the two other slain women. According to informed sources, the killings occurred after a video emerged showing the women at a wedding. Another clip showed men dancing, in defiance of the conservative tribal customs that separate men and women at weddings, while noting that the video does not show them together. Recalling that several murders have taken place in the deeply conservative mountainous area of Kohistan and they went viral in 2012. (Al Diyar, September 6, 2019)

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