Honour killing story

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Nusreta K.
born: 1964
shot: 6. March 2010
Residence: Munich
Origin: Serbia
Children: 2 daughters, 2 sons (aged 12-18 at the time of the crime)
Perpetrator: her husband Avdurahman K. (age 48)
In December 2009, Avdurahman, a carpenter, buys a machine gun in the former Yugoslavia. The accompanying story probably goes as follows: Avdurahman's younger brother is murdered in Serbia. The killer goes free. There is drug mafia and judicial bribery involved. Now Avdurahman must avenge the murder and gets a machine gun. This falls under the law on the control of weapons of war in Germany.

But Nusreta is against her husband's plans for revenge. It comes to a quarrel. On March 7, 2010, the family council will meet in Munich. Note: Nusreta and Avdurahman are from Tutin, a predominantly Bosnian town in southern Serbia. They are Muslims.

The day before, Avdurahman shoots his wife 6 times in the back in the laundry room. About 90 minutes later, their oldest son (18 years old) finds the dying woman and alerts the police.

The perpetrator flees and has a cab take him back to the crime scene. Meanwhile, police and rescue workers have arrived. Avdurahman initially plays the horrified and grieving widower. His four children believe him, too. Later, however, his alibi is shattered. The murder weapon is found in a glass container.

It turned out that Nusreta cleaned full-time at a retirement home, while her husband worked only sporadically in construction. She wanted to dispose of the money herself. But her husband disagreed, and in his first interrogation as a suspect, says it was "high time." The head of the homicide department reportedly said that the perpetrator should have shot his wife because she managed the family's finances.

During the investigation, it also comes to light that Nusreta reported her husband for assault in 2005. However, she withdrew the charges. Another article says that after the murder, Avdurahman tried to kill Nusreta's brother Senad. However, he was not at home.

The perpetrator is sentenced to life imprisonment in December 2010 by the Munich jury court for dastardly murder with base motives. The particular gravity of the guilt is established. The verdict declares that the perpetrator has an "archaic Muslim worldview and a distorted view of family honor."

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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