Shafia Trial

This Woman Was Murdered For a Kiss in a Train Station

Deeyah Khan | Posted 04.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Deeyah Khan

I heard the story of Banaz Mahmod, a 20-year-old woman in London, gang-raped, garrotted, stuffed into a suitcase and buried in waste ground, for the crime of a kiss in a train station. Her murder was carried out under the orders of her own father and her uncle. Banaz was married off to a man she had barely met at the age of 17, who subjected her to extraordinary abuses. We need authorities, decision makers and politicians to provide the same protection and preventative action for women of ethnic minority communities affected by "honour"-based violence and oppression as they would for any other crime in any other part of society.

Shafia Anniversary Prompts Violence Prevention Group

CBC | Posted 03.31.2013 | Canada Impact

One year after a judge convicted Mohammad Shafia, his wife Tooba Yahya and their son Hamed for the murders of Shafia's three teenage daughters and his...

'You Sir, Are A Monster'

The Huffington Post Canada | Christian Cotroneo | Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada

"Their solution," the Crown attorney told a rapt courtroom in Kingston, Ontario, "was to remove the diseased limb entirely and prune the tree back to ...

Excerpt: Without Honour, the True Story of the Shafia Family

Rob Tripp | Posted 02.05.2013 | Canada
Rob Tripp

2012-12-05-Pullversion.jpg On the morning of June 30, 2009, police in a small eastern Ontario city made a ghastly discovery: four females dead in a car submerged in a shallow canal -- Canada's first mass honour killing. In Without Honour, award-winning journalist Rob Tripp draws on three years of exhaustive research and exclusive interviews to make sense of a senseless crime in a way no other writer could. "The feeling had gnawed at Jake since the catastrophic outcome of his peck on Sahar's cheek in the corridor of St-Ex in the fall of 2007. He had not forgotten the sight of the sad girl standing in the hall, tears trickling down her cheeks, as she explained that her dad got really mad and slapped her."

Harper Talks Honour Killing

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.16.2012 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Prime Minister Stephen Harper recalled the Shafia killings while visiting the family's hometown of Montreal to underscore Ottawa's support ...

Higher Courtroom Security Won't Protect Against Injustice

Karen Selick | Posted 04.19.2012 | Canada
Karen Selick

Many more people are compelled to interact with "the law" these days, simply because there is so much more of it. Regulation over citizens' lives has exploded, and much of what happens in court cannot be described as having anything to do with justice.

Imams Issue Fatwa Against Honour Killings, Domestic Violence

CP | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.05.2012 | Canada

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Controversy surrounding the Shafia murder trial prompted imams from across Canada and the U.S. to issue a moral ruling Saturday of...

Shafia Verdict Prompts Organizations To Ask, What Now?

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 04.05.2012 | Canada Living

The aftermath of the Shafia trial has left violence prevention organizations wondering, 'what now?' Centres providing resources and services for women...

A Much-Needed Muslim Education for the West

Qais Ghanem, MD | Posted 04.02.2012 | Canada
Qais Ghanem, MD

Muslims for Progressive Values have just published a new book tackling all the factors such as interfaith marriage and hijabs that seem to set Muslims apart from the rest of humanity, and cause 55 per cent of Canadians to claim that Muslims do not share their values. Reading it would be a step in the right direction.

Shafia Father Takes First Step In Appealing Murder Verdict

CBC | Posted 04.04.2012 | Canada

A man convicted of killing his three daughters and first wife has filed his intention to appeal. It's Mohammed Shafia's first...

Shafias To Appeal Murder Convictions

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.01.2012 | Canada

TORONTO - Just days after being convicted with his parents in the first-degree murders of four family members, Hamed Shafia has filed notice to appeal...

How to Honour the Victims of "Honour Killings"

Ayaan Hirsi Ali | Posted 04.01.2012 | Canada
Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The verdict in the Shafia case exemplifies the ability of Western legal systems to provide justice to victims of honour killings. If anything positive can come from the Shafia verdict, let it be that law enforcement throughout North America takes the time to educate themselves about honour violence.

Inside Story: How They Were Caught

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.30.2012 | Canada

KINGSTON, Ont. - When the call first came in on the morning of June 30, 2009, about a car in the locks at Ontario's Kingston Mills, police thought the...

Uniquely Canadian Snafu May Have Affected Case

Posted 01.30.2012 | Canada

MONTREAL - There is word that a uniquely Canadian bureaucratic snafu occurred as the Shafia girls were seeking help from authorities three years ago. ...

Don't Let Political Correctness Kill "Honour Killings"

Supriya Dwivedi | Posted 03.31.2012 | Canada Politics
Supriya Dwivedi

Canadians are often uncomfortable labeling premeditated murders "honour killings" under the guise of political correctness. Let us take off our multicultural goggles and see honour killings for what they are: culturally motivated, violent crimes committed against women that have no place in a civilized society.

Shafia Family To Keep Their Fortune

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.31.2012 | Canada

OTTAWA - In the weeks before he helped kill his sisters and his father's first wife, someone had used Hamed Shafia's laptop for an online search.That ...

The Shafia Women: Killed By Double Standards

Farzana Hassan | Posted 03.31.2012 | Canada Politics
Farzana Hassan

The Shafia trial exposed a cultural pathology that needs a closer and unbiased examination. The men in Muslim families are rarely subjected to the kinds of constraints their female relatives endure. It is mostly when the conduct of the women is perceived as dishonourable that matters worsen.

What The Shafia Trial Means For Canada's Muslims

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2012 | Canada

TORONTO - The Shafia murder trial has cast a shadow over Canada's Islamic community, further tarnishing an image that has not yet recovered from the e...

'Be A Real Mother And Confess': Twitter Reactions To Shafia Trial Verdict

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.29.2012 | Canada Living

After three months in court, the guilty verdict on the Shafia murder trial was handed down quickly, and the reaction on Twitter was just as swift. ...

Shafia Daughters 'Committed Treason' Father Said

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2012 | Canada

KINGSTON, Ont. - Two days before Mohammad Shafia was arrested for the murder of his three daughters and one of his two wives, he went on a vitriolic r...

Whose Daughters Will Be the Next Shafias?

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 01.30.2012 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

What must we do -- we Muslims -- to ensure none of our daughters and sisters are murdered by their fathers, husbands, and brothers? Among many things we must embrace foremost the 1400-year-old Islamic tradition that emphasizes not the responsibility to guard our modesty, but the duty to show compassion.

A Timeline Of Murder

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2012 | Canada

KINGSTON, Ont. - A jury has found three members of an Afghanistan-born Montreal family guilty of four counts each of first-degree murder.Mohammad Shaf...

Honour Killing Verdict: Guilty

CP | Posted 01.30.2012 | Canada

UPDATE: Canada's Muslim Community have responded to the Shafia trial verdict. While many Muslim community leaders have decried the violence and deaths...

Jury Enters Second Full Day Of Deliberations

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.29.2012 | Canada

UPDATE: The jury has reached a verdict. FULL STORY HERE. This is a developing story. Follow the link for all updates. KINGSTON, Ont. - A jury i...

Sunday Roundup: "We Find the Defendants Incredibly Guilty."

Danielle Crittenden | Posted 03.29.2012 | Canada
Danielle Crittenden

Thus pronounced the jury in the 1968 film "The Producers" -- as the jury in the Shafia "honour killing" trial pretty much did this afternoon. It's justice but it doesn't feel like justice -- if only because those lives can never be brought back, the smiles of those murdered beautiful young women now forever frozen in photographs.