Confounding Shafia family birthdate claim explained

This post features videoConfused by the claim of the Shafia family that Hamed, one of the three convicted mass murderers, wasn’t 18 at the time of the killings, in June 2009? The surprising claim, which I have written about several times, and which will go before Ontario’s top court March 3-4, 2016, in Toronto, has left many people shaking their heads. To help explain it, I’ve created a short video (watch it after the jump), complete with a visual aid. I guarantee you’ll come away with a clearer understanding of the claims and, you might be left with a firmer feeling about whether you believe them.

If you’re not up to date on the latest developments in the Shafia honour killing case, you might want to read this post, and my story from November 2015 that first revealed the new birthdate claim before watching the video. This October 2015 story provides a detailed explanation of the broader claims made in the joint appeal by Mohammad Shafia, his wife Tooba and their son Hamed. The trio argue they were victims of “cultural stereotyping” and “overwhelmingly prejudicial evidence” that should not have been admitted at their murder trial. Crown prosecutors reject the claims of prejudice and cultural stereotyping.


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