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Outrageous! Honor Killer Gets “Humanitarian” Furlough

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Geeti, Zainab and Sahar Shafia were honor killed along with their father's first wife, Rona Amir Mohammad (Trial evidence)
Geeti, Zainab and Sahar Shafia were honor killed along with their father’s first wife, Rona Amir Mohammad (Trial evidence)

Tooba Yahya, a convicted honor killer for her part in the murder of her three daughters (ages 19, 17 and 13) and her husband’s first wife, was given special permission for “humanitarian” reasons to leave prison and visit the grave of her mother. Raheel Raza expresses her outrage below:

One of the most horrific and grotesque crimes committed in the West this past decade was the honor killing of three teenage sisters and a woman they were very close to.

The girls and the woman were murdered by the girls’ father Mohammad Shafia and their brother Hamed. Their mother, Tooba Yahya, was also a part of the crime, helping set up the scene in which the girls and their “aunt” were left in a vehicle which Mohammed rammed off the road and into a canal in Kingston, Ontario where all four victims drowned.

The family had immigrated to Canada from Afghanistan two years before the murders.

All three killers were arrested one month after the June 2009 murders and convicted of four counts of murder in 2012.

At the time, the judge said the murders were committed in the name of a “notion of honour that is founded upon the domination and control of women, a sick notion of honour that has absolutely no place in any civilized society.”

See clips from Clarion Project’s award-winning film Honor Diaries

The story went quiet once the family was incarcerated until recent reports revealed that Canadian authorities had given the mother, honor killer Yahya, special permission to leave prison to visit the grave of her mother, who died while her daughter was in prison.

According to a CBC report, “The Parole Board of Canada says it approved Tooba Yahya’s request ‘for humanitarian and compassionate reasons,’ because her risk of recidivism is low and because the security risk that the absence poses is ‘manageable.'”

How absurd! Recidivism is low because she already killed her daughters!

Canadian authorities citing “humanitarian and compassionate reasons” is equally absurd. Such misplaced sympathy will come back to haunt them. Yet, apparently all the board cares about is the fact that Yahya has been a model prisoner in the medium-security facility in which she is incarcerated for her 25-year sentence.

“Since the beginning of your incarceration, your behaviour has been impeccable. You are compliant, polite and respectful of the rules, staff members and other inmates,” the board noted.

Yahya apparently wants to use the visit as a first step toward her “social reintegration into society.” She gave a statement to authorities saying that she had found peace and freedom in prison.

“Peace and freedom?” How hypocritical is that?

This woman is an honor killer, a woman who — according to the police officers who were present at the trial — showed no remorse for her role in the murders of her three daughters. This is a woman who has denied being complicit in the crimes despite overwhelming evidence showing her guilt.

Now she is asking for a furlough to go visit her mother’s grave. Not surprisingly, she never asked to visit the graves of her daughters who she cut down in the prime of their lives.

How will their souls ever find peace?

 

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Raheel Raza

Raheel Raza is ​an adviser to Clarion Project. ​She is an award-winning author, journalist and filmmaker on the topics of jihad and sharia. She is president of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, and an activist for human rights, gender equality, and diversity.

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