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Convicted “honour” killer asks Supreme Court to hear his case

Hamed Shafia who, together with his polygamist father and mother, was convicted of murdering his three sisters and his father’s first wife, is taking his case to the Supreme Court to argue that he should not have been tried as an adult but rather as a young offender because at the time of the murder he was 17 years old.

Conviction for first-degree murder for an adult carries a mandatory life sentence without parole for 25 years while young offenders are eligible for parole after 10 years.

Hamad, his father Mohammad and Mohammad’s second wife Tooba Yahya are serving a life sentence for the murders of Shafia’s first wife Rona Amir and his daughters Zainab, Sahar and Geeti.

Prior to moving to Canada in 2007, the Afghan-born Shafia family lived in the United Arab Emirates for over a decade.

On June 30, 2009, Rona, Zainab Sahar and Geeti were found dead inside a car submerged underwater in the Rideau Canal. The murders shocked the country and made international headlines.

Mohammad, Tooba and Hamed were arrested on July 23, 2009 and charged with four counts of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder under the guise of “honour” killing. They were found guilty of all four counts and sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 25 years.

During the trial, Fahima Vorgetts, a U.S.-based volunteer with a human rights organization called Women for Afghan Women, testified about her phone conversations with Rona, who contacted Vorgetts several times to describe the about the horrific abuse, humiliation and violence she sustained at the hands of Mohammad, who pulled her hair, beat her up and threatened to kill her if she left him.

Shafia, it was heard during the trial, was livid because he believed his daughters, who with Rona’s support wanted to lead a western (and not an Islamic fundamentalist) lifestyle, had violated “cultural” rules requiring sexual modesty and disobeyed him, particularly the elder daughters who had a boyfriend.

Shafia, who prior to the murders openly acknowledged that he wanted to kill Zainab, came up with a plan to murder his first wife and three daughters in order to restore his “honour”, and enlisted his second wife and son in carrying out the plan.

The Shafia murders were partly responsible for triggering the introduction by the former Conservative Government of Bill S-7, also known as “Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act”, which received Royal Ascent in June, 2015.

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About Ilana Shneider

Ilana Shneider
Ilana Shneider is the co-editor of CIJnews and the founding executive director of Canada-Israel Friendship Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mutually beneficial, long-standing diplomatic, economic and cultural ties between Canada and Israel. She can be reached at ilana@canada-israel.org

19 comments

  1. Stop spending money on killers

  2. Pete remember this horrific story? Well it gets worse

  3. Bring back the death penalty. Let’s do the job right.

  4. It should not changed, a small number such as 1 year shouldn’t entitle you to less than 1/2 the sentence for a cold blooded murder that he was involved in, maybe he was just 17 at the time but he was a premediate murder of his three sisters and their mom. We can’t open the door here to future family honor killings. Hi son/daughter, we are a disgraced family, your mom/brother/sister has brought shame on this family and only you can return our honor. we depend on you. You are young and if caught the system will go easy on you.

    At 17 I knew right from wrong, hell I knew right from wrong long before 17

    If honor killings is and example of Sharia law, we have to stop it before it starts.

  5. who the hell is paying his legal fee?

  6. He should be tried as an adult. He was 17 and knows the law in Canada. His lawyer is trying to get him tried as a young offender. In my eyes a young offender is someone who is under the age of 12.

  7. Dot waste money for killers like him if he can kill a family then how about you ,?

  8. How bout , he was raised to adult court? If he wins, when he gets to ten years , deport him.

  9. Send him back to the desert. Why must Islam raise up such hellish people? Sharia should be banished into outer darkness where there us weeping and nashing of teeth. Where is love and goodness? Decency and kindness?

  10. Trudeau will champion this guy and give him a huge settlement for his racist treatment… 🤔

  11. Yeah he only wants a new trial because Jhadi JT is at the helm pardoning all Islamics who killed Canadian Citizens 😡
    You were old enough to know what you were doing when you killed your Sisters so you’re old enough to do the time for YOUR Crime 😡

  12. To hell with him! He should be dead for what he done the rotten bastard.

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