Two brothers in Jordan, age 22 and 24, were charged with the “honor killings” of their two sisters, age 20 and 34.
As AFP reported, the men now face murder trials after they allegedly shot their sisters “to defend the family’s honor,” an official who asked to remain anonymous said.
What did the sisters do that was so disgraceful?
Apparently, one married without consent.
More, from AFP:
“The official, who asked to remain anonymous, said the brothers claimed they had killed the women, aged 20 and 34, ‘to defend the family’s honor.’
“‘The two brothers were looking for their older sister, who had been away from the family home,’ he said.
“‘They found her in the house of the younger sister, who had married without the knowledge or consent of the family.’
“They shot the younger sister twice and the older one five times, including once to the head, the official said.
“The younger sister’s husband, who informed the brothers where the women were, was also arrested.
“‘The public prosecutor charged all three of the arrested men with murder,’ said the official.
“Another source familiar with the investigation said the two brothers had ‘claimed during questioning that they had carried out the crime for honor.’”
Jordan authorities say they investigate and prosecute between 15 and 20 “honor killing” cases each year. Courts generally don’t hand out death sentences to those found guilty of honor killing in Jordan, despite the state’s law that punishes murderers by hanging.