(Ed.: This is an update to a post published on July 18, 2018:) It took a jury just an hour to found guilty a Harris County, Texas man guilty of a double murder that revolved around his daughter’s love for a non-Muslim. The Texas honor killer Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan, 60, apparently planned on killing five, including his own daughter.
Here’s the original post:
Jordanian-American Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan, 60, is on trial for capital murder, after allegedly killing two back in 2012. The victims were Irrsan’s son-in-law, Coty Beavers, and his daughter’s best friend, Gelareh Bagherzadeh, the Houston Chronicle reported. The prosecution claims Irsan murdered the pair as he was furious that his own daughter, Nesreen, wanted to marry Beavers – a local non-Muslim.
One of Irsan’s two wives Shmou Ali Alrawabdeh, 40, is accused of helping him carry out the murders. Irsan married his second wife in Jordan when she was 15. Between his two wives, Irsan had 12 children. Alrawabdeh is now testifying against her husband.
The prosecution maintains Irsan also planned on killing Nesreen but wanted her to suffer first and so he killed her husband and friend.
Back in 2014, Irsan was arrested along with his wife, Shmou, also a Jordanian national, and daughter, Nadia Irsan, then 30, a U.S. citizen. They were charged federally with conspiracy to defraud the U.S., theft of public money and benefits fraud. The investigation also led to charges against Ali Irsan for murder in a state district court.
Here’s video from the courtroom:
If you haven’t already seen Clarion’s film Honor Diaries, which deals with topics such as honor violence and FGM now is the time to do so.