Honour killing story
attempted murder: 7 December 2014
Location: Nienburg (Lower Saxony)
Perpetrator: Nicolae, a Romanian hit man (33 years)
Yazar is the director of a furniture store in Nienburg. He may be in a relationship with a married woman from Hoya. At least that is what her 32-year-old husband Ragip believes. He conspires with his father, his wife's brother and her father. Together they decide to send a Romanian assassin from Garbsen to Yazar for 10,000 euros.
On 7 December 2014, the hitman will be lurking in front of his victim's shop in the evening and will shoot twice. Yazar survives badly injured. The father of the 52-year-old husband supervises the crime. He also supplied the murder weapon.
In March 2015, the assassin, the man and his father are arrested. The police find the murder weapon. The murderer confesses, the others remain silent.
The trial before the District Court of Verden will start in September 2015. Five men are accused: the deceived husband Ragip, his father Mustafa, the assassin Nicolae, the eldest brother of the wife Umut and her father Adnan. Everyone is supposed to be involved in the planning and financing of the crime. A bulletproof wall is erected in court. The court assumes that the Kurdish-Jesidian families involved continue to pursue Yazar in order to kill her. Whether Yazar is also Yazid is not known. He is from Turkey.
In January 2016, the four family members will be acquitted - expressly not on the basis of proven innocence. The court was convinced that the murder order came from the family for reasons of honour. However, the involvement of each individual in the crime could not be proven. The allegedly cheating woman, like the rest of the clan, had refused to testify in court. The trial against the shooter continues, the verdict is unknown.
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:
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.