Mum to testify over 'honour killing'

13th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

11 November 2003, AMSTERDAM — The trial of a Turkish father who is alleged to have shot and killed his 18-year-old daughter for dishonouring the family was adjourned until next month on Tuesday.

11 November 2003

AMSTERDAM — The trial of a Turkish father who is alleged to have shot and killed his 18-year-old daughter for dishonouring the family was adjourned until next month on Tuesday.

The Almelo man is facing charges in the Acsaray Court in Turkey that he used a shotgun to murder his daughter, Zarife, in August. Both father and daughter were on holiday in Turkey when the killing took place.

Prior to Zarife's death, the father and daughter often argued about her traditional upbringing. The man regularly accused his daughter of bringing shame to the family, an NOS news report said.

Meanwhile, the public prosecutor in Turkey said in September it will demand that Ozkan G be sentenced to life in prison. Turkish legislation changed in July and authorities no longer consider mitigating circumstances in so-called family "honour" killings.

Meanwhile, it was revealed on Tuesday that the court intends to take testimony from both Zarife's mother and brother when the trial resumes next month.

The suspect did not appear in court on Tuesday because authorities did not succeed in arranging transport for him in time. The man is being detained in a prison about 400km away from the Acsaray court.

The murder of Zarife was made public in September by the Twente Regional Training Centre (ROC), where the girl was studying.

The school director pleaded at the time for a public debate over family honour, claiming that he knew of three serious cases of violence committed against migrant women as a result of cultural conflicts within their family.

Almelo police also have a large file about the tensions in Zarife's family, which heightened earlier this year when the teenager moved into a battered women's refuge. Despite this, she departed with her family for a holiday to Turkey in June.

[Copyright Expatica News 2003]

Subject: Dutch news

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