Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Pre-trial begins in family honor killings ~ this time Canada

KINGSTON, Ontario, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Pre-trial motions begin in Canada Tuesday for three members of a Montreal family accused of killing four of their relatives in June of 2009.

Mohammad Shafia, 57, his wife, Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 40, and their son Hamed, 19, are each charged with four counts of first-degree homicide and conspiracy in the deaths of three teenage sisters and Shafia's first wife, The (Montreal) Gazette reported.

The bodies of Rona Amir Mohammad, 50, and her daughters Zainab, 19, Shari, 17 and Geeti, 13, were found in a submerged vehicle in Kingston, Ont.

Police said the victims and the accused were returning to Montreal from a visit to Niagara Falls at the time of the deaths.

Relatives of Rona Amir Mohammad told authorities the deaths were honor killings.

The family, of Afghan origin, has lived in Montreal since 2007.

Pre-trial motions in the case are expected to last a month and the trial won't begin until next year, the Gazette said.

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