January 30th, 2012
02:19 AM ET

Family convicted in Canada 'honor murders'

By Paula Newton, CNN

Kingston, Ontario (CNN) - A Canadian jury Sunday convicted three members of a family of Afghan immigrants of the "honor" murders of four female relatives whose bodies were found in an Ontario canal.

Mohammed Shafia, 58; his wife, Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 42; and their son, Hamed, 21, were found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of Shafia's three teenage daughters and his first wife in his polygamous marriage. Sunday's verdicts followed a three-month trial, in which jurors heard wiretaps of Shafia referring to his daughters as "whores" and ranting about their behavior.

All three were sentenced to life in prison immediately after their convictions, with no chance of parole for 25 years.

- Dan Merica

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soundoff (220 Responses)
  1. Katarina

    Posted on Thanks. It looks like an interesting film. Maybe I can watch it this wnekeed, but I think my boyfriend wants a break from all these movie nights

    March 4, 2012 at 1:09 am |
  2. Me

    From the Muslim world they bring barbarism, but in the West they found justice, or something like it. True, if they were convicted of murder in a Muslim country they'd probably all be shot or beheaded (unless of course they pay blood money to the victim's family- in this case, themselves?), but for this most likely they would never stand trial. Or the girls would be tried posthumously for forcing their father to kill them.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  3. aguy

    I love how people can believe in God, but can't believe in aliens. We aren't that special guys. Welcome to what we like to call the real world; nobody's saving you from this one.

    February 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  4. sonotso

    Honor murders are very important for without them there would be no: well nevermind.

    February 17, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  5. Jennifer M

    Jail in Canada? They are all very, very lucky. It will be a good, easy, comfortable life in jail. More than they deserve. I wish they were in a jail in a developing country.

    February 1, 2012 at 9:05 am |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    Do not be a day late and a dollar short
    When it is time to pray
    Prayer changes things

    January 31, 2012 at 6:36 am |
    • Mirosal

      would you care to put a wager on that?

      January 31, 2012 at 6:37 am |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things
      Do not wager on your immortal soul
      Put your soul in Gods hands
      Prayer changes things

      January 31, 2012 at 6:45 am |
    • Mirosal

      I'll wager anything. Prayer doesn't change a thing, and your own doctrines prove that.

      January 31, 2012 at 6:46 am |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things
      Prayer gives us everything we need
      For a bet ter understanding of God
      Prayers are wages saved
      Prayer changes things

      January 31, 2012 at 7:04 am |
    • Mirosal

      care to debate your precariously fragile position?

      January 31, 2012 at 7:07 am |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things
      The answer is always yes and amen
      In Christ Jesus
      Prayer changes things

      January 31, 2012 at 7:12 am |
    • Mirosal

      ready to answer ONE simple question with a yes or no?

      January 31, 2012 at 7:14 am |
    • Nope

      STEP Proves you wrong...

      Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School and other scientists tested the effect of having three Christian groups pray for particular patients, starting the night before surgery and continuing for two weeks. The volunteers prayed for "a successful surgery with a quick, healthy recovery and no complications" for specific patients, for whom they were given the first name and first initial of the last name.

      The patients, meanwhile, were split into three groups of about 600 apiece: those who knew they were being prayed for, those who were prayed for but only knew it was a possibility, and those who weren't prayed for but were told it was a possibility.

      The researchers didn't ask patients or their families and friends to alter any plans they had for prayer, saying such a step would have been unethical and impractical. The study looked for any complications within 30 days of the surgery. Results showed no effect of prayer on complication-free recovery. But 59 percent of the patients who knew they were being prayed for developed a complication, versus 52 percent of those who were told it was just a possibility.

      January 31, 2012 at 8:23 am |
    • Peace2All


      You are correct, sir.


      February 1, 2012 at 4:09 am |
  7. just sayin

    Sinners deserve the eternity they're going to get. I sure hope you like the smell of burning flesh.

    January 30, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
    • just sayin

      It is a miracle I can post without even being on line

      January 31, 2012 at 6:44 am |
    • pervert alert

      "I sure hope you like the smell of burning flesh."

      I love the smell of burning flesh. But only when it is the result of not using a lubricant when having relations with sailors.

      January 31, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • flesh

      human flesh is a worldy thing. it does not exist in hell...just sayin...

      March 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
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