Honour killing story

Stefan Raaff
born: 1967
shot: 10 December 2012
Residence: Frechen (near Cologne) / Kerpen
Provenance: Victim: Germany; Perpetrator: Iran
Children: 1
Perpetrator: Nasser A. (46 years)
Nasser (also: Narza) comes from Iran, runs the kiosk "Em Veedel" in Cologne and is married. The couple lives in Kerpen and has a son. They divorced in 2010 and it became official at the end of 2012. There is a dispute about guardianship.

Nasser believes that his ex-wife is having an affair with the professional boxer Stefan Raaff. The two men know each other from the martial arts school. It is possible that Nasser supplies his trainer with illegal drugs, opium, painkillers, amphetamines, etc.

The professional boxer, however, is with another woman (a Swedish woman), with whom he has a common flat in Frechen. Elsewhere it is said that Stefan lives in Dormagen and visits his girlfriend on the night of the crime. The boxer also probably has a daughter, who probably lives with her mother (unclear).

On 10 December 2012, Nasser will lure him into an ambush. That night, Stefan teaches at a martial arts centre and then drives home in his car. He gets out. Nasser shoots him in the street. The emergency doctor can't save him. Despite the manhunt, the killer is not caught. Since Stefan also works as a bouncer, the initial assumption is that this is a biker-fight. Only 9 days later, Nasser is arrested in his Cologne kiosk.

The process will start in August 2013. Nasser remains silent. A policewoman reports that Stefan clearly felt threatened. A witness is supposed to provide Nasser with an alibi, but makes himself implausible in court. An expert declares that the perpetrator is egocentric, possessive, controlling and constantly concerned with honour and culture. For an unknown reason, the ex-wife of the perpetrator (who works as a carer at a primary school) refuses to testify.

In November, the Cologne court sentences the perpetrator to life imprisonment. The defence lawyers lodge an appeal.

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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