Trial and execution.
Posted by Exile on June 26, 2006
Those of us in Denmark that have been following the tragic story of a young woman who became the victim of an “honour killing” are now awaiting the return of the jury.
There are nine people in the dock, all accused of killing, or aiding and abetting the killing, of a young woman, Ghazala Abbas, who dared to run off with someone other than the chosen groom.
From the Danish newspaper, Politiken:
In an unusually clear lesson in the law in this honour killing case, the court foreman has said that all nine can be found guilty.
“It is so clearly proven, that there can only be answered yes to the question (of guilt), but it is up to the jury to decide.”
This was how the court foreman’s closing comments sounded after he had gone through the most important points of the case.
This is the biggest trial concerning honour killings the western world has ever seen. In the dock are six family members and three ‘friends’ of the family. During this case we have heard of witnesses and jurors being threatened, stories changed and other irregularities in the normal prosecution of these nine pakistani muslims.
I have been following the trial, as have others. I await the outcome with a certain trepidation. The Danish courts are not too good at calling a spade a spade. Sentences are never severe. Jurors are not always unbiased. Maybe this is why the court foreman was so forthright and outspoken in his summing up. These people should not be allowed to go unpunished. The time has come to set the example, to show that our law is to be obeyed in our country, and that no-one is to be exempted from it or feel themselves above it. No matter where they come from or what they believe.