Honour killing story

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Suzana L.
Born: 1982
shot dead: 31 March 2007
Residence: Elsenfeld/Franconia
Crime scene: Stuttgart
Origin: Kosovo
Children: 2 daughters (born 2004 and 2005), who have been living with the killer's mother in Kosovo since the crime
Perpetrator: Avdyl Lajqi, her ex-husband, an Albanian from Kosovo, 32 years old at the time of the crime and already 16 years in Germany
In 2000 Suzana is 18 years old and married to a Serb living in Germany. In 2002 he takes her to Elsenfeld, Franconia, and starts abusing her. She has to live in a flat with his mother. When Suzana wants to learn German, her mother-in-law takes the two daughters for a walk so Avdyl can beat her up. Suzana then reports him for assault and rape. But in court she is deemed unfit to testify because she is severely traumatized, according to the expert witness (!).

When her husband forgets to lock the door one day, Suzana manages to escape. The police pick her up and take her to the women's shelter. Suzana doesn't speak German, but her injuries are obvious.

From there she goes to her family in Kosovo and has the marriage dissolved. She also makes the grave mistake of giving up custody of her two young daughters.

Back in Germany, she asks the Youth Care Agency for help. But the authority needs a few weeks, during which Avdyl takes the children with his mother to Kosovo. To visit them, the 25-year-old wants to fly to Priština in March 2007. At the airport, she discovers her husband in the crowd. After six shots at close range, Avdyl spits on his wife's body.

In November 2007, during the murder trial, they watch the video recording of Suzana's interrogation. Afterwards, the judge asks how it is possible that, despite the obvious injuries, the interrogator said to the woman, "I don't believe anything you say now." The interrogation judge replies that he did not mean it that way. The expert psychologist also squirms out of it. She was "bound by the scientific basis." From the Stuttgarter Zeitung of 7.11. 2007: " Basically credible, but so traumatized by the experience of violence that nothing can be done with it legally - the shrugging of shoulders apparently went right through the police and the prosecutor's office."

In December 2007, the perpetrator was sentenced to life imprisonment and found guilty with full culpability.

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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