Jury Convicts Iraqi Immigrant in ‘Honor Killing’

PHOENIX –  A jury in Phoenix has convicted a 50-year-old Iraqi immigrant of second-degree murder for running over and killing his daughter in a case prosecutors called an `honor killing.’

Faleh Hassan Almaleki also was convicted Tuesday of aggravated assault for injuries suffered by the mother of his daughter’s boyfriend during the October 2009 incident in a suburban Phoenix parking lot.

Prosecutors told jurors during the trial that he mowed down 20-year-old Noor Almaleki with his Jeep Cherokee because she had brought the family dishonor by becoming too Westernized. He wanted Noor Almaleki to act like a traditional Iraq woman but she refused an arranged marriage, went to college and had a boyfriend.

Defense lawyers called Noor’s death and Amal Khalaf’s injury an accident. They say he only wanted to spit on the older woman.

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