“Shedding of blood” restores honour, Shafia trial hears

After a dizzying parade of nearly 50 witnesses in 25 days, jurors in the Shafia honour killing trial heard one final prosecution witness Monday, an academic who testified that in some cultures, family honour is considered more important than human life. “A rumour could cause the killing of a young woman,” testified Shahrzad Mojab (inset), a native of Iran who is a professor at the University of Toronto. The judge accepted her as an expert on honour killings and related issues of culture, religion, patriarchy and violence in Middle Eastern and South Asian societies and in immigrant diasporas in western nations.

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