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March 30, 2007 ‘Threat of honour killing’

The Times - By  Michael Horsnell 

The sister of a young Kurdish woman allegedly murdered by her family in a so-called honour killing described yesterday how she had been told she deserved to be “turned to ashes”.

Testifying from behind a screen at the Old Bailey, Bekhal Mahmod, 22, said that she had been threatened by her uncle after she had been seen with a man, though she said he was just a friend.

Then a schoolgirl, she was sitting in her bedroom with her parents and her uncles, she told the court. “He said if I was your father you would have been turned to ashes by now. He was saying, ‘He is scared, but I am not, ask the police. Your father’s your father. I would have done it by now. I would have killed you by now, got rid of you. You would have turned to ashes by now’. I started crying.”

Mahmod Mahmod, 52, is on trial for the murder of his daughter, Banaz, 20, whose body was found in a suitcase buried in a back garden in Birmingham last year. It is alleged that she was murdered by her family because she had fallen in love with a man they did not want her to marry.

Mahmod Mahmod and the sisters’ uncle, Ari Mahmod, 50, of Mitcham, South London, deny murder. Ari and Darbaz Maref-Rasull, 24, of Hounslow, West London, also deny conspiracy to pervert justice.

The jury has been told that Mohamad Hama, 30, of West Norwood, South London, an associate of Ari, had pleaded guilty to the murder.

The trial continues.

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