Queen Rania of Jordan has condemned so-called “honour killings” after the jailing in Britain of a Kurdish Muslim for the murder of his 16-year-old daughter.
The Queen, 33, said the killing of women perceived to have shamed their families was “a form of murder without trial, which is contrary to Islam“.
She added: “We should have no tolerance for the acceptance of honour killings. There is certainly no justification for such a practice in Islam.”
Queen Rania made her comments a day after an Old Bailey judge jailed Abdalla Yones for life for the murder of his daughter Heshu, who was stabbed 11 times and had her throat cut in a frenzied attack.
Yones, 48, had subjected his daughter to months of beatings before killing her because he disapproved of her western way of life and relationship with an 18-year-old fellow student from a Lebanese Christian background.
Detectives who investigated her murder want to interview Heshu’s mother and older brother over allegations of witness intimidation and attempts to pervert the course of justice.
Scotland Yard’s investigation into the murder was hampered by non co-operation from members of the family, their friends and others in the London Kurdish community.
Teenage friends of the dead girl feared reprisals if they spoke to the police.
Members of Kurdish women’s rights groups were threatened outside the Old Bailey as they tried to hand out leaflets campaigning against honour killings – which are common in Kurdistan.
Det Insp Brent Hyatt, in charge of the murder inquiry, has been authorised to pursue further inquiries in the case.
“Other family members are subject to further investigation,” he confirmed yesterday. “We will also look at other members of the community who didn’t come forward and didn’t give us correct information.”
Queen Rania is to chair a new council aimed at changing male perceptions of women in the Islamic world and is campaigning for tougher sentences for honour crimes.
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