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Muslim couple 'murdered their three daughters in honour killings' - because they wanted to cut off 'the diseased limb of their family tree'
A couple and their son accused of the quadruple honour killings of half of their family took the decision to commit murder in order to cut off 'the diseased limb on their family tree'.
Jurors in Ontario, Canada, were told how Afghan-born Mohammad Shafia, 58, his wife Tooba Yahya, 42, and their son Hamed, 21, were responsible for planning and carrying out the murders of four family members.
In closing statements to the court in Ontario prosecutor Laurie Lacelle urged the jury to find all three guilty of killing Shafia and Yahya's three teenage daughters and his 'other' wife from a polygamous relationship.
'Killed by their family': Prosecutors allege that, from left, Geeti, Zainab and Sahar Shafia were murdered in an honour killing because they would not comply with the family's strict disciplinary rules
The accused are alleged to have killed the girls - Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13 - because they dishonoured the family by defying its disciplinarian rules on dress, dating, socialising and going online.
The fourth victim was Shafia's first wife, who was infertile, and was living with the family in Montreal. The polygamous relationship, if revealed, could have resulted in their deportation.
'Killed by her husband': Rona Amir Mohammad was called 'auntie' by her husband's children, she was presented to immigration lawyer Sabine Venturelli as a cousin helping raise the children.
Prosecutor Laurie Lacelle told the court: 'Shafia, Tooba and Hamed had decided that there was a diseased limb on their family tree. Their decision was to trim the diseased limb and prune the tree back to the good wood.'
The mounting evidence against the trio was 'irrefutable', she added.
The trio deny the killings, claiming that evidence points to the deaths being an accident
Police made a grisly discovery in the summer of 2009 in canal locks east of Toronto when they found the bodies of the three sisters and 52-year-old Rona Amir Mohammad in a submerged Nissan car.
The prosecution alleges it was a premeditated murder, staged to look like an accident after it was carried out.
But defence lawyers told the jury in closing arguments that the evidence fits with the deaths being an accident.
The court has heard evidence that it appears the four made no attempt to escape the car through an open window, and the bodies were found eerily suspended inside.
Defence lawyer Peter Kemp suggested that was plausible in an accident scenario. He has told the jury that there are too many unknowns to be able to convict the accused, saying the jury doesn't know where or how the alleged murders happened.
Miss Lacelle presented wire taps and cell phone records from the Shafia family in court. In one phone conversation, the father says his daughters Fazil Javad, Shafia's brother-in-law, said Shafia tried to enlist him in a plan to drown the eldest daughter.
Fazil Javad, Shafia's brother-in-law, said Shafia tried to enlist him in a plan to drown the eldest daughter.
car being dragged from water
Judge Robert Maranger will give the jury final instructions later today. Closing arguments lasted well into the evening yesterday after a bomb threat delayed proceedings.
Police Constable Steve Koopman couldn't say if the security threat was related to the Shafia trial.
The family had left Afghanistan in 1992 and lived in Pakistan, Australia and Dubai before settling in Canada in 2007.
Shafia, a wealthy businessman, married Yahya because his first wife could not have children.
The months leading up to the deaths were not happy ones in the Shafia household, the court has heard.
Laced with fear: This tender email from Zainab Shafia to her love Wahid. In it she says 'one day if sum thing (sic) happens to use like dead I wnt die without my dream being fulfilled'
Fear-filled: Zainab explains in an email to her boyfriend that she cannot be seen to talk to him and that he must pretend to be a stranger if her brother was around.
Zainab, the oldest at 19, was forbidden to attend school for a year because she had a young Pakistani-Canadian boyfriend, and she fled to a shelter, terrified of her father, the court was told.
During the trial the court was played recordings in which Shafia talks about his daughters and the fact that they were dating while ranting about the family's honour.
Zainab had married her boyfriend - a Pakistani man - angering Shafia and causing family turmoil.
After Yahya said that she knew Zainab was 'already done' but wished 'the two others' weren't, he responded saying 'No Tooba, they were treacherous'.
Speaking about pictures of his daughter he said he was consoled adding, 'No Tooba, they were treacherous. When I tell you to be patient, you tell me that it is hard.
'It isn't harder than watching them every hour with (boyfriends). For this reason whenever I see those pictures, I am consoled. I say to myself, "You did well. Would they come back to life a hundred times, for you to do the same again".'
Jurors were also shown email exchanges between Zainab and her boyfriend. One explicitly warning of the potential danger her brother posed. And arranging to make calls from a public call box but only if her brother was not within earshot.
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