Honor Related Violence (United Arab Emirates)

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22-year-old female, shot to death, February 2007

DUBAI: A man has been charged with the premeditated murder of his sister who was shot dead in the country’s second “honour crime” this year. The suspect, a taxi driver, told police he killed his 22-year-old married sister after receiving an anonymous call suggesting she was having “extramarital affairs”.

The caller told the man his sister’s picture was “circulating on men’s mobile phones”. It was also revealed the authorities had arrested the woman last year and kept her briefly in administrative detention - a protection measure to ensure she was not harmed by her family - after she ran away from home.

Female, battered to death, wrapped in a quilt and set on fire, March 21, 2007

Fujairah: The Fujairah Appeal Court on Monday upheld a six-year prison sentence for a man who murdered his sister over her choice of husband.

The Fujairah Criminal Court had previously convicted M.H., an Emirati, of murdering his sister, F.H. last March. He was sentenced to six years in prison and fined Dh50,000 as diya, or blood money.

The killer only escaped the death sentence after his own family forfeited their right to demand execution.

The body of the victim, who was thought to be in her thirties, was discovered in the family house in Qidfa on the morning of March 21.

M.H. disapproved strongly of his sister's choice of husband, and in a fit of rage he entered the family home and battered his sister to death before wrapping her body in a quilt and setting it on fire.

After a short manhunt, police apprehended M.H. who confessed immediately to murdering his sister.
Six-year jail term for man who killed sister upheld
Fuad Ali, Gulf News, February 19, 2008