Shafia trio convicted in slayings of four family members seek new trial


Locutus
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A Montreal father, mother and son convicted nearly four years ago of murdering four other family members in an honour killing argue, in an appeal to Ontario’s top court, that they were victims of “cultural stereotyping” and “overwhelmingly prejudicial evidence” that should not have been admitted at their murder trial.

In a 110-page document filed with the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Mohammad Shafia, 62, his wife Tooba, 45, and their son Hamed, 24, claim they’re entitled to a new trial. The document is a concise outline of the evidence and legal argument that lawyers for the three will present at a hearing scheduled for Dec. 14.

The trio, who were tried together, complains that the trial judge, Justice Robert Maranger, made numerous errors of “misdirection and non-direction” that may have permitted jurors to make improper conclusions.

The three were each convicted in January 2012 of four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Shafia sisters Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, Geeti, 13, and Rona Amir, 52, Shafia’s first wife in the polygamous 10-member Afghan family that came to Canada in 2007 and settled in Montreal. The three were sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years. They have been behind bars since the convictions.

The case attracted international attention and was among events that sparked the Conservative government’s crackdown on what it calls “barbaric cultural practices.”


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Shafia trio convicted in slayings of four family members seek new trial | Montreal Gazette
 
taxslave
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Grant them longer ropes.
 
Jinentonix
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Now now, I'm sure Mental loss will be along shortly to tell us all that we're intolerant racists and that we need to respect their culture.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by Jinentonix View Post

Now now, I'm sure Mental loss will be along shortly to tell us all that we're intolerant racists and that we need to respect their culture.

A few years back we had a member who did just that after an honor killing.
 
bill barilko
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Why are posters here so dead set against lawyers enriching themselves?

It's something I can never figure out.
 

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