Jordanian jailed for 'honour' killing - only 6 months prison?????
Posted by camel_jockey on Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Jordanian jailed for 'honour' killing
July 10 2007 at 01:53AM
Amman - A Jordanian court has sentenced a man to six months in prison for the "honour" killing of his pregnant sister, a judicial source said on Monday.
The man, who was not named, was convicted of strangling his sister who was pregnant with her husband's child after the couple had divorced.
In handing down the lenient sentence, the court said the man had acted in a "fit of anger", the source said.
Last year at least 12 women were killed in similar crimes in the conservative Muslim kingdom.
The perpetrators of "honour" crimes in Jordan are generally close to their victims and often receive light sentences if convicted.
Parliament has twice refused to reform the penal code in a bid to end the quasi impunity of men who commit such killings, despite pressure from human rights organisations. - Sapa-AFP