A German court has jailed a 19-year old man of Turkish origin for the so-called “honour killing” of his sister in Berlin. Ayhan Surucu was sentenced to nine years and three months, nine months shy of the maximum penalty as he was a minor at the time of the killing. His two brothers were found not guilty of conspiring to murder.
Hatun Surucu was 23 when she was shot while standing at a bus stop in a suburb of Berlin last year. Prosecutors said the Surucu brothers felt dishonoured by their sister, who broke with her Turkish-Kurdish family and lived an independent life with her 5-year-old son after leaving a cousin she had been forced to marry as a young girl.
The case sparked outrage across the country and triggered an intense debate about Germany’s conservative Muslim immigrant community.