Honor Related Violence (Australia)

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Marzieh Rahimi, strangled to death with her own veil, 2010

A man who killed his wife by using her veil to strangle her in their Melbourne home did so in the belief he was entitled to dominate her, a Supreme Court judge has found.

Soltan Azizi was today sentenced to 22 years' jail by Justice Betty King, who said the Afghani refugee had been physically abusive towards Marzieh Rahimi throughout their 14-year marriage.

Justice King said Ms Rahimi had sought help from social workers and was intending to leave Azizi, despite him warning that he would kill her if she tried.

She said Azizi had complained to Ms Rahimi's sister in the days prior to her killing that his wife was becoming "too Australian", meaning "she was not a docile and good wife in the terms you expected her to be".

"It is clear you were unable to accept that your wife had rights, which rights included the ability to leave you if that was what she desired," Justice King said.

"... Her death clearly resulted because of your belief that you were entitled to dominate and dictate to your wife what she could and could not do."

The couple, who had five children now aged from 14 to 2, came to Australia in 2005 after fleeing Afghanistan and spending seven years in refugee camps in Iran.

Azizi will serve a minimum of 17 years and six months before he is eligible for parole.
Refugee jailed for strangling 'too Australian' wife
Kate Hagan, The Age, April 8, 2010

Mohd Shah Saemin, stabbed and bashed to death with a hammer, February 2010

SO CALLED "honour killings" have no place in Australian society and must be seriously punished because women are not the chattels or possession of men, a NSW Supreme Court justice has said.

The comment came after a jury found Hazairin Iskandar guilty of brutally murdering his wife's lover in a Leichhardt street in February 2010.

Iskandar stabbed Mohd Shah Saemin, 43, with a knife while his son Andrew, then 19, bashed him with a hammer "like a piece of meat".

Iskandar's wife, Nita, had been having an affair with Mr Saemin, her colleague at the Malaysian consulate, and the relationship was widely known within the Indonesian community. Advertisement

Mrs Iskandar was on the phone to her lover when he was attacked and she heard him cry out for help and a woman bystander screaming.

After the verdict, the non-publication order on the sentence given to Andrew and Mrs Iskandar, 49, in March lapsed.

In jailing Andrew for a minimum 18 years, Justice David Davies said to describe Mr Saemin's death as an honour killing "invests with it a degree of legitimacy that it does not and can never have".

The court heard while in custody Andrew told a fellow inmate he killed Mr Saemin because Mr Saemin was having an affair with his mother, which went against Andrew's belief that adultery was unacceptable in Islam.

"No society or culture that regards itself as civilised can tolerate to any extent, or make any allowance for, the killing of another person for such an amorphous concept as honour," Justice Davies said. "The whole basis and origin of honour killings is the notion that a woman is the chattel or possession of a man … such a notion has no place in this country."

He said Andrew had shown no remorse and his sentence must send a message.