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Shafia Honour Killings

On Sunday, January 29, 2012 Mohammad Shafia, his son Hamed Shafia and wife number two Tooba Mohammad Yahya were convicted of murdering sisters Geeti, Sahar and Zainab Shafia aged 13, 15, 17 respectively. Their bodies were found in a submerged car at a Rideau Canal lock, just east of Kingston, in June, 2009.‬ The fourth person in the vehicle was Mr. Shafia’s first wife, Rona Amir Mohammad, 53, who had entered Canada illegally, posing as his cousin, but who in fact was part of a polygamous marriage and who, by every indication, had desperately wanted to escape from it.

 

 

ZAINAB

 

 

The Murderers

The banality of evil, Hannah Arendt

 

Mohammad Shafia (right), his son Hamed Shafia (left) and wife number two Tooba Mohammad Yahya (center)

"Among the regulars [at the trial] was Kingston resident Barb Jagger, 52, who for a couple of weeks shared a cell with Ms. Yahya in the segregation block of Quinte Detention Centre, west of Kingston.

She recalls her cellmate as quiet, pleasant and evidently deeply religious. She would pray five times a day, Ms. Jagger said, and often read the Koran." Globe and Mail, Jan 29, 2012

Religion, to paraphrase Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg, can make good people do bad things.

Remembering Khatera