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Kurdish father jailed for daughter's 'honour killing'

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Kurdish father jailed for daughter's 'honour killing'


A Kurdish father of 10 has been jailed for life for ordering the murder of his 20-year-old daughter in a so-called “honour killing”.

Judges at the court in Kleve in Germany said they were convinced the only motive for the murder of Gulsum Semin was that she had undergone an abortion.

The German authorities have vowed to stamp out
honour killings. Spokesman for the North Rhine-Westphalia regional court, Gerhard van Gemmeren, said: “At the basis of the offence is the fact that the culprits presumably did not agree with the victim’s Western attitude to life.”

The convicted man’s son and an Azeri friend carried out the killing. They lured Gulsum to a country road, strangled her and battered her beyond recognition. The victim’s brother’s lawyer Hans Reinhardt said he believed his client could not help himself.

“I think my client was completely bound into a value system which did not leave him any scope of action. He had to execute the offence because it was expected of him,” he said.

The victim’s 20-year-old brother was sentenced to nine and a half years and his 37-year-old accomplice
was jailed for seven and a half years.

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