Honor Related Violence (Germany)

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Hatun Aynur Surucu, shot to death, February 2005[edit]

This Turkish Kurd was shot down by her youngest brother at a bus stop in Berlin in February 2005 while her young son slept in his bed. She had been forced to marry a first cousin, plucked out of school in Berlin at age 15 and shipped off to Turkey. Aynur fled the marriage and returned to the family home, but soon after, she moved into a women's shelter. She pieced her life back together. She got a job, met a German man and moved into her own apartment. And she had long since traded in her head scarf for mini skirts and spaghetti straps. But Aynur's family continued to disapprove of her lifestyle. Shortly before she was murdered, her youngest brother, who has been convicted of the crime, told a friend that he would have to take care of what his brothers should have done long ago. The case didn't get much attention until a few days after the shots were fired when school children in a Turkish neighborhood publicly cheered the killing. German citizens were shocked and insulted when they heard what the children said: Aynur got what she deserved. She was, after all, living like a German. To the dismay of many activists, Aynur's family tried to adopt her son Can after the case was closed. Although Aynur's youngest brother, Ayhan, claims he acted alone, activists say decisions to murder are usually made in a family council and the youngest male is chosen to do the duty since juveniles face reduced penalties. Indeed, Aynur's brother was sentenced to only nine years and three months in prison. For many following the story, it is hard to believe that the family implicated in Aynur's death might be able to adopt her son. If the activists are right, Can would be growing up with his mother's murderers. Katrin-Elena Schönberg, the spokeswoman for the local family-law court handling the matter, says the court has not yet made its decision.
A Matter of Honor, Your Honor?
Rhea Wessel, World Politics Watch, September 27, 2006

Gonul Karabey, shot to death, June 2005[edit]

A German court on Friday convicted a 25-year-old man of murder and sentenced him to life in prison for the honor killing of his sister.

A state court found Ali Karabey, a German citizen of Turkish origin, guilty of shooting his 20-year-old sister, Gonul, to death in the western city of Wiesbaden in June 2005 to prevent her from marrying her German boyfriend.

The verdict comes amid a growing discussion in Germany about how to better integrate immigrants, especially Muslims, into German society and ensure that they respect its laws. The nation was rocked last year by a flurry of similar honor killings that added to the urgency of the debate.

According to the court, Karabey tracked down his victim to a garden shed belonging to her boyfriend's family after she ran away from home.

The court said his sister agreed to meet him after he assured her that he meant her no harm and told her boyfriend that he would help arrange their marriage.

It said Karabey fired at her repeatedly after persuading the boyfriend to leave them alone in the hut.
Gonul Karabey's murderer gets life sentence
International Herald Tribune, September 30, 2006

Morsal O, stabbed 20 times, May 15, 2008[edit]

A German-Afghan man was sentenced to life in prison for the “honour killing” of his sister on Friday, creating mayhem in the court room as family members screamed, assaulted journalists and attempted suicide.

The 24-year-old Ahmad-Sobair O. was convicted of murdering his 16-year-old sister Morsal O. on May 15, 2008 because she had turned away from her family. The girl died after suffering 23 stab wounds in a Sankt Georg district parking lot in Hamburg. Both siblings, who immigrated to Germany 13 years ago, have German citizenship.

“He killed out of pure intolerance,” Hamburg Judge Wolfgang Backen said while reading the verdict, adding that the murder was “treacherous” and a premeditated “bloodbath” after all other attempts to “discipline” his sister had failed.

His verdict sparked dramatic scenes in the court room as Ahmad Sobair O.’s family and friends wailed and hit the security glass behind which he was sitting. The accused himself began screaming: “You son of a whore! What is this, honour? I know no honour!”

He also yelled that had the trial taken place in Kabul, Afghanistan, he would have already been released long ago.

The murderer's mother then tried to throw herself out of a courtroom window, but was restrained by family members. Relatives of the accused also assaulted and threatened a journalist in the room.

According to Backer, the late Morsal O. had been victim to “many years of martyrdom” in the form of threats and assault from her brother.
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A series of six honour killings - including the shooting at a bus stop of 23-year-old Turkish woman Hatun Sürücü in Berlin - shook Germany in 2005.

Mujde B, stabbed 46 times, beaten with billiard cue, and run over by car, December 31, 2008[edit]

A Muslim asylum seeker has been sentenced to life in prison after killing his German-born wife because she was 'too independent', a court in Germany heard today.

The 27-year-old Kurdish man, identified only as Onder B, was found guilty today of stabbing his wife in the eyes, beating her with a billiard cue and then running over her in his car.

His mother-in-law had once told him to be 'strict' with her strong-willed daughter, Mujde - who was also Onder's cousin.

On New Year's Eve 2008 he stabbed his 18-year-old wife Mujde 46 times and beat her with a billiard cue.

And because she was 'already so disfigured from the stabbing and beating that she would hate me for the rest of her life,' he got into his car and ran over her body several times.

Bielefeld District Court judge Jutta Albert convicted him on a charge of murder arising from base motives, and one of cruelty, because the defend ant stabbed his wife in both eyeballs while she was still alive.

He stabbed her so hard in the head with a fruit knife that the blade broke off in her skull.

Gulsum S, strangled with clothes line and clubbed to death, March 2009[edit]

German police charged Thursday that the grisly death of a 20-year-old ethnic Kurdish woman had been an "honour killing," and that her brother had confessed to the crime. Germans have been outraged at a recent series of execution-style honour killings of young women by immigrant families.

The murder of Gulsum S, 20, on a lonely country road one month ago had been made to look as it were a robbery, said police in Kleve, near the Dutch border, as they announced the arrest and remand in custody of the victim's brother, 20, and father.

Prosecutors said Gulsum was lured by a false story to the side road near the small town of Rees on March 2. Her sibling, who was also a triplet to Gulsum, allegedly choked her unconscious with a clothes line. She was then clubbed to death.

The brother admitted to the killing, but the father denied the charge of joint murder, police said.

Police said the family had attempted to force Gulsum into a planned marriage and then discovered she was not a virgin and had undergone one or more abortions.

Bürsa, stabbed to death, June 2009[edit]

A Turkish dad stabbed his own 15-year-old daughter to death in an honour killing which has shocked Germany.

Mehmet Ö. (45) sneaked into Bürsa’s bedroom at 3.30am and repeatedly struck the helpless teen with a knife.

Her grandparents called an ambulance but medics could not do anything for Bürsa as she bled to death.

The kebab shop owner fled the crime scene in the town of Schweinfurt but was later arrested by a police patrol in the town centre after a judge issued a warrant.

Police spokeswoman Kathrin Reinhardt said: “He confessed in a hearing to the Criminal Investigation Department.”

As a motive behind the crime, she said: “Both had very dissimilar life outlooks which kept leading to differences between them.”

Bürsa wore a head scarf but she did not want her strict Muslim father to control her life.

Friends described how the western lifestyle of his daughter made Mehmet Ö angry.

Metush H., a friend of the family, said that Bürsa’s sister and mum also had to always wear a headscarf.

Yesterday at her school, the Olympia-Morata-Gymnasium, her classmates gathered in the library to pay tribute to her.

A tearful friend told BILD: “She was a fun-loving girl, loved hip hop music. But that is no reason to kill someone!”

Bürsa, at just 15, joins Gülsüm († 20), Hatun († 23) and Morsal († 16) on the long list of honour killing victims in Germany.