Jordan teenage girl killed over alleged affair

AMMAN- A 32-year-old Jordanian man was charged with premeditated murder after his teenage sister was shot dead on Monday over an alleged love affair in the northern city of Irbid, police said.
"He shot his 17-year-old sister several times today," a police spokesman told AFP. "The girl, who died immediately, had disappeared from home three days ago with another man ... Police found her with him."

Jordan teenage girl killed over alleged affair
The suspect killed his sister once she arrived home.
"Police handed the girl over to her family, but he murdered her, turned himself in and confessed to the crime," the spokesman said.
Murder is punishable by the death penalty in Jordan, but in the case of so-called "honour killings," a court usually commutes or reduces sentences, particularly if the victim's family urges leniency.
Between 15 and 20 women are murdered each year in Jordan in the name of honour despite government efforts to fight such crimes. Parliament has refused to reform the penal code to ensure harsher penalties.

Monday, July 20th 2009

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