Saturday, April 14, 2012

The First Honor Killing of the Year

Cultural Enrichment News

Actually, it was the first homicide of the year in London, Ontario.

The first killing of the year in London was, by all appearances, an honor killing.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this news video:

Below are excerpts from the accompanying London Free Press article:

A father of three is accused of stabbing his wife to death in London’s first homicide of 2012.

Chawki El-Birani, 53, is facing a second-degree murder charge after police found his wife, Sonia, 50, suffering from stab wounds inside the couple’s south London home late Wednesday.

She was pronounced dead at London Health Sciences Centre, her husband due back in court Friday after briefly appearing Thursday and asking for an Arabic language interpreter.

Jade Ashford, 36, was watching TV inside her Archer Cres. home around 11:30 p.m. when she heard “terrified” screams coming from outside.

At first she thought it was teenagers horsing around. But as the screams continued “too close to the house for comfort,” Ashford knew something was wrong.

“When it didn’t stop right away, it became that different, terrified, something’s dreadfully-wrong scream,” she said.

She looked outside and saw two young women, both in their late teens to early 20s, in front of the house directly across the street.

One of the two was standing near the home’s front door with her hand covering her mouth, crying, she said.

And here’s more from Metro News:

Ryan Mitchell was getting ready for an overnight shift at work when he peaked out a window of his south London home Wednesday and saw chaos unfolding.

“There were cop cars everywhere,” Mitchell, 20, said.

The man who lives across the street — 4 Archer Cres. — was being led toward a waiting cruiser in handcuffs. Two women — who Mitchell believes are the man’s daughters — were standing in the front yard.

“(They) were screaming, ‘I hate you!’” to the man in police custody, Mitchell said.

Moments later, near midnight, a woman was wheeled out of the house on a stretcher, other neighbours said. Paramedics were performing chest compressions as she was loaded into an ambulance.

Police are investigating the incident as the city’s first homicide of 2012.

Chawki El-Birani, 53, of 4 Archer Cres., has been charged with second-degree murder of his wife, Sonia El-Birani, 50.

Sonia El-Birani was pronounced dead at London Health Sciences Centre after police found her in the home with multiple stab wounds. The autopsy has not been completed.

Neighbours said the family — described as a man, woman and two young adults — have lived in the home for several years.

They, like most families on the street, kept to themselves, several people said.

“We were pretty shocked,” one woman said about the scene that played out Wednesday evening. “You get the odd (police) car that goes down the street … (but) this neighbourhood’s very quiet.”

Yes, the neighborhood was pretty quiet — until Islam moved in.

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goethechosemercy said...

Canada opened the door, and evil walked in.
Too bad they didn't know that you could profile it with the use of historical knowledge and at least some present-day scholarship.
Conquest, slavery, murder-- all of these are inherent in Mohammedan culture.

wheatington said...

The barrow needed an Arabic translator to talk to the cops! Why was he allowed to come to Canada?

Blame this multi-kulturalism mire on Pierre Elliot Trudeau.

Anonymous said...

We don`t know if he had anger management problems or what but you can`t blame it on his religious afflictions.On the contrary: In Islam, this man would be subject to capital punishment for killing an innocent soul
Here are the quotes from Quran:
"On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person - unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land - it would be as if he slew the whole humanity: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole humanity. Then although there came to them Our apostles with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land. (The Noble Quran, 5:32)"

Regarding the slavery,in Islam people are encouraged to free slaves. Prophet Mohamed freed his black slave, adopted him (although later, verses came to change legal adoption with inheritance rights etc.)and later he was made a commander, he was married to a white woman from the noble classes of the day (the marriage didnt eventually work out though )Here is a verse from Quran that i found regarding slavery: (there are many others)
"Righteousness is not that you turn your faces toward the east or the west, but [true] righteousness is [in] one who believes in Allah , the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the prophets and gives wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves; [and who] establishes prayer and gives zakah(zakah means giving 1/40of one`s wealth to the poor and needy once every year); [those who] fulfill their promise when they promise; and [those who] are patient in poverty and hardship and during battle. Those are the ones who have been true, and it is those who are the righteous."(Quran 2:177 )

And the conquest part,the first believers at the time were subjected to persecution, torture, forced migration etc.. so, of course there would be a fighting back.

"Fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for God loveth not transgressors. (Quran, 2:190)"

"But if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou (also) incline towards peace, and trust in God: for He is One that heareth and knoweth (all things). (Quran, 8:61)"
"God does not forbid you from showing kindness and dealing justly with those who have not fought you about religion and have not driven you out of your homes. God loves just dealers.(Quran, 60:8)"

"Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy handhold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things. (Quran, 2:256)"
"Say : O Disbelievers! I worship not that which you worship, Nor will you worship that which I worship. And I shall not worship that which you are worshipping. Nor will you worship that which I worship. To you be your religion, and to me my religion. (Quran, 109:1-6)"

Anonymous said...

I came across this biased discriminative site, and I was offended by the context and how the topic was presented. This man suffers from schizophrania, he was fine until he immigrated to Canada and then the disorder burst. Of course, with the crappy health system he was neglected and eventually, took it out on his deceased wife. It has nothing to do with honour killing! it is an issue with Canada and its' terrible health system. I was hoping to see better investment of my tax money but I only see more problems, complications and crimes.
I was,also, hoping that you took another look at the other 3 homicides that happened in London that has got nothing to do with Islam or Arabic culture!

Anonymous said...

It is so sad to read these kinds of interpretation to the sad event that took place. I thought you people take extra care before you label others unjustly. may God punish killers, but everyone knows that man was suffering and I was surprised his wife and kids didn't recognized what was comming, it is so bad a family's life changed for ever one is dead another in jail and the living ones in a continueous suffering, mean while a person with minimum knowledge taking shots at Islam.