Honour killing story

Selim Özel
born: 1979
Recording: 9 February 2014
Residence: Berlin-Neukölln
Origin: Turkey
Children: unclear
Perpetrators: Ramazan G. (35 years) and Önder C. (24 years)
A long time ago, in the 1990s, Selim was said to have had an affair with Ramazan's fiancée. He called on his accomplice Önder to shoot Selim in a parking lot in Berlin-Neukölln with 6 shots in his car on the night of February 9, 2014. Witnesses call the police. The victim dies at the scene of the crime.

The police are investigating the surveillance cameras, mobile phones are being watched. Two weeks later, the perpetrators are arrested at a gas station.

Ramazan has a criminal record for fraud and embezzlement. Selim is known to the police for drug and violent crimes. He is said to have worked as a bouncer at the wedding.

The trial will start in December 2014 at the Court of Berlin. The two perpetrators are accused of murder and silence.

The following can still be found about Selim's story: At the age of 11, Selim came to Berlin with his father. The mother stayed with the sisters in Turkey. Soon he was convicted of an offence and later for attempted manslaughter and deported to Turkey. There too he was involved in a stabbing. That is why Selim returns to Berlin in 2010, marries a German-Turkish woman and, despite his criminal career, gets the residence status "tolerated". Together with his brothers he runs a bakery and becomes known in the local rocker scene. Compulsory Önder is a rocker and little brother.

In April 2015, both perpetrators will be sentenced to life imprisonment. The court considers the motive that the victim Selim has deflowered Ramazan's wife, who had been married at that time under Islamic law.

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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