Criminal Prosecutor Ali Abu Zeid on Saturday charged a 43-year-old farmer with premeditated murder in connection with the shooting death of his female relative over the weekend, official sources said. The suspect, who was not identified by officials, reportedly shot his 16-year-old niece with a machinegun at her home in Deir Alla on Friday, a senior official source said.
…The pathologists also established that she was hit by over 30 bullets that penetrated her head, chest and back, according to the source. The suspect was also charged with possessing an illegal weapon and Abu Zeid issued orders for him to be detained for 14 days at a correctional and rehabilitation centre pending further investigation into the case. [source]
This is an utterly disgusting and brutal honor crime. One would think that these stories would cease to amaze or surprise us with time, but an uncle spraying his niece with 30 bullets to cleanse family honor? And this was after the family “crisis” had been “resolved”? Moreover, Jordan really needs to start getting serious about gun control. There are far too many people who own weapons, especially illegally. This is a country where the most common sound is that of rapid gun fire at night, commemorating some sort of celebration, and despite the act being illegal, it is a small indication of the level of gun ownership in the Kingdom. Bullet control anyone?
On the bright(er) side – if such a contrast exists – a 20 year old man received a 10 year sentence for killing his sister by slitter her throat with a knife. The only positive thing about this sentence was that it may indicate the beginning of more stricter sentencing in the judicial system when it comes to honor crimes.
The court rejected the defendantâ€™s claims that he should benefit from a reduction in penalty because he killed his sister to defend his familyâ€™s honour. â€œArticle 340 stipulates that the defendant should catch the victim committing adultery and this condition does not apply in this case,â€ the court ruled. [source]
That’s somewhat of a rare outcome for a crime that would have usually seen the man getting no more than 24 months only a few years ago. Naturally, ten years is not nearly enough for the crime, but it’s a noticeable sign of improvement from the judicial system.