Unnamed Woman

January, 2011

AMMAN (AFP) – A Jordanian man has been charged with premeditated murder for killing his married sister after seeing mobile phone images showing her having sex, a judicial official said on Thursday.

The unidentified man stabbed his 29-year-old sister on Saturday 30 times before turning himself in and confessing to the crime "to cleanse his family's honour", in the eastern province of Mafraq, the official told AFP.

"The suspect claimed that the man his sister had an affair with showed him the images in an attempt to blackmail him ... he got enraged, fought with the woman and killed her," he said.

In Jordan, between 15 and 20 women are murdered annually in the name of "honour." Last year 17 such killings were recorded.

Perpetrators get reduced sentences as parliament has refused to reform the penal code to ensure harsher sentences, despite campaigns by local and international human rights activists.

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