Man who tried to murder sister sentenced to 14 years in jail

Nazareth Court finds Khaled Muslemi guilty of attempted murder, says 'despicable phenomenon of murder under pretence of 'honor killings' must be condemned. Such actions carry nothing but disgrace'

Sharon Roffe-Ofir
09.28.08/ Israel News

The Nazareth District Court sentenced Khaled Muslemi, 24, to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of his sister.

According to the indictment, Muslemi, a resident of the Arab Village Of Naura in the Jezreel Valley, decided to execute an "honor killing" in March, after hearing rumors that his sister was behaving promiscuously.

He convinced her to accompany him to a field near their village, where he pulled out a gun and shot her in the head, the shoulder and the leg from a distance of three feet. He then called the Gilboa Region Magen David Adom station and confessed to the murder.

The woman, gravely injured but still alive, pretended to be dead, thus averting further shots. Her resourcefulness saved her life.

The prosecution asked the court to sentence Muslemi to 15 years in prison, but the defense asked to court for a lighter, 11-year sentence, citing extreme emotional duress.

"The despicable, repetitive phenomenon of murder and the attempted murder of innocent women under the pretence of 'honor killings' must be condemned in the harshest manner possible," noted the court.

"Acts such as the defendant's bear no honor. They bear only shame and disgrace. The court is disgusted by the defendant's decision to be his sister's executioner and by the fact that her life meant so little to him… and all just to be perceived as someone protecting his family's reputation."

The three judge panel sentenced Muslemi to 14 years in jail, with an additional thee years probation.

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