On Sept. 19, 2006 Khatera Sadiqi and her fiance, Feruz Mengal were gunned down by Sadiqi’s brother, Hasibullah. The story, as it is, sounds sadly familiar. Hasibullah was angry because his sister had agreed to marry Mengal without her father’s permission and because she was living in the Mengal home. The Sadiqi family, is originally from Afghanistan, and although in Canada for many years, Hasibullah clung to his traditional roots and believed that his sister had brought dishonor to the Sadiqi family.
The trial has just begun in Ottawa. Witnesses, including Sadiqi’s mother have been called to testify. Of course, everything about this case bothers me but in such matters, when one can no longer help the victims, we turn our hopes to the justice system. We hope that the murderer will be duly punished, and there is a good chance he will be. The thing that bothers me about the trial is the defense’s position. They are not claiming that Sadiqi did not kill his sister. Instead, they are suggesting that he was provoked by his sister. If the defense can prove their case, his sentence will be reduced from murder to manslaughter.
I know I shouldn’t jump to conclusions. The trial has only begun and, of course, the defense is going to look for the best angle to try to reduce the sentence of their client. However, the idea being promoted that Khatera was at all responsible for her brother’s actions is very disturbing. Frankly, I think Hasibullah already knew what he wanted to do when he did it. The details on what she might have done to “provoke” him are not available. Could it be that she simply insisted that she had every right, which she did, to marry Feruz? And now defending your own rights is consider provocation? I really hope that is not the case.
I plan to follow the trial as closely as I can and will hope for a just result for both Khatera and Feruz.