Man in ‘honor killing’ may face death penalty
A man may face the death penalty if found guilty of gunning down his two sisters as they were being discharged by Social Affairs officials into the custody of their father. The two women had been caught in suspicious circumstances with two unrelated men on Thursday. Police believe the brother murdered his two sisters to save the family honor. The names and ages of the young women and their brother were not made public. According to Riyadh police, the man followed his father to the social protection home and then waited until the women came out. He reportedly shot one sister in the head and discharged three bullets into the other. He then tossed the gun near the bodies. Guards at the Social Affairs shelter quickly apprehended the man.
29-year-old gets reduced jail term for ‘honour’ killing
A court on Tuesday halved the jail term of a 29-year-old man who shot his raped sister 12 times and killed her “in the name of honour”, a judicial official said. The Criminal Court initially sentenced the man to 15 years with hard labour for killing his sister in 2008 in Mwaqqar, but immediately reduced it to seven-and-a-half years. The judgement can be appealed within 30 days. “The woman disappeared from home for six months after she was raped last year,” the official told AFP. “Police kept the woman in custody for her protection and later handed her over to the family, but the brother shot her 12 times in different parts of her body once she arrived home, killing her immediately.”The man told police that he committed the crime “in the name of honour”, according to the officia