Father charged with premeditated murder of his daughter By Rana Husseini
AMMAN â€” The criminal prosecutor on Monday charged a 68-year-old father with the premeditated murder of his daughter for reasons the suspect claimed were related to family honour, decease official sources said.
The 26-year-old victim, who was not identified by officials, was shot six times in the head and neck, reportedly by her father, at their familyâ€™s home on Monday morning, one official source said.
â€œWhen the police and criminal prosecutor arrived at the scene, the father fired several rounds in the air, saying he was celebrating the killing of his daughter,â€ the official source told The Jordan Times.
â€œI have cleared the familyâ€™s name and cleansed my honour. Let everyone in my town know that I killed my daughter for this reason,â€ the official source quoted the suspect as saying.
The victim was allegedly involved in an affair with a married man, who sought her hand in marriage six months prior to the incident, according to the source.
The victimâ€™s family refused because the man was married, the source said, adding that almost two weeks ago, they discovered she was pregnant.
â€œThe family took their daughter to a different city and arranged for her to undergo an abortion and an operation to restore her virginity,â€ the source said.
For the past two weeks, the victimâ€™s family locked her up in the house and on Monday they decided to kill her, the source added.
Pathologist Awad Tarawneh, who performed an autopsy on the victim, removed four bullets from her skull and indicated that two other bullets penetrated and exited her lungs, the source said. â€œTarawneh also established that the victim underwent an abortion and hymen- restoration surgery recently,â€ the source said.
Coroners extracted bullets from the floor and walls of the victimâ€™s room, where the reported murder occurred.
â€œIt seems the victim was run from one place to the other in an attempt to avoid the bullets, because coroners found several bullets on the floor and other locations in her room,â€ the source said.
There was evidence that some rounds were fired while she was lying injured on the floor, the source added.
The victim became the seventh person reportedly murdered in a so-called honour crime in the country since the beginning of the year, according to judicial and medical sources.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Question: Why would they do the surgery and then kill her 2 weeks later?