In Jordan: Two men arrested in “honor killings”
Police officials in Jordan have arrested two men who have confessed to murdering their sisters in separate "honor killings" earlier this month.
An man, aged 18, confessed to stabbing to death his 19-year-old sister in the Palestinian refugee camp of Baqaa on the outskirts of the capital of Amman for "reasons of family honor", the Jordan Times said Wednesday.
The teenager gave himself up after stabbing his sister 40 times on Monday for having extra-marital affairs during her husband's prolonged absence abroad for work, it said.
The victim was sent to prison in November for "alleged immoral behavior" but was bailed out in early December by an uncle who returned her to her family after they promised to forgive her, the daily quoted officials as saying.
However, her enraged brother killed her with blessings from her family who said "they were grateful for her death and thanked God they had got rid of her," the sources said.
Meanwhile, another man confessed to killing his sister, 23, when he ran over her with a water-tanker last week because of her alleged "immoral behavior", officials also told the daily.
The man told police his sister, a twice-divorced mother, would often run away from her current husband who decided to return her to her family for what was seen as a blow to their honor.
The family initially tried to cover up the crime by saying she died as a result of a fall but an autopsy proved she was killed when she was run over. (Albawaba.com)
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