Honour killing story

Frank H.
born 1958
shot dead: 12 May 2008
Residence: Berlin
Origin: Victim: Germany; Perpetrator: Turkey
Perpetrator: Mustafa T. (age 40 at the time of the crime), ex-husband of his German wife
For almost 15 years Mustafa T. (40 years) is married to Nicole (35 years). 2004 they separate and they later divorce. Three children were born from the marriage: Naclican, Baresch and Ali (ages 10, 11 and 13), who live with their father. It is said that the mother suffers from a personality disorder, which is why he has custody. It is further said, that it had already come to abuses during the marriage.

Nicole, a trained physician's assistant, marries a 50-year-old computer scientist named Frank in May 2008. This does not fit into her ex-husband's vision.

He was waiting for the two in Berlin-Marienfelde and shot Frank. He shoots the entire magazine empty. It is said: only because he had no bullet left, he could not kill his ex-wife. She goes to the hospital with a bullet in her leg. Then the perpetrator flees, but later turns himself in to the police.

The investigation shows that Mustafa had previously threatened both Nicole and her adoptive parents. According to the prosecutor, the man's purpose in executing him was to satisfy his excessive sense of honor and to demonstrate his unlimited ownership of the woman. For this, he was sentenced to life imprisonment on November 27, 2008.

What is an honour killing?

An honour killing is a murder in the name of honour. If a brother murders his sister to restore family honour, it is an honour killing. According to activists, the most common reasons for honour killings are as the victim:

Questions about honour killings

  • refuses to cooperate in an arranged marriage.

  • wants to end the relationship.

  • was the victim of rape or sexual assault.

  • was accused of having a sexual relationship outside of marriage.

Human rights activists believe that 100,000 honour killings are carried out every year, most of which are not reported to the authorities and some are even deliberately covered up by the authorities themselves, for example because the perpetrators are good friends with local policemen, officials or politicians. Violence against girls and women remains a serious problem in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Serbia and Turkey.

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