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Abbas Cancels Reduced Sentence for Honor Killing.

Published on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 10:48

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PNN/Ramallah

The Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, amended this Monday Article 98 of the Palestinian Criminal Law no. 12 of 1960, in order to abolish the reduced sentence in cases of 'honor killings' against women.

An honor killing is the homicide of a member of a family or social group by other members, due to the perpetrators' belief that the victim has brought shame or dishonor upon the family or community. Women are almost always the victim in these kinds of killings.

Hassan al-Uri, legal advisor of Mahmoud Abbas, said that the amendment aims at abolishing reduced penalties for crimes that fall under the category of 'honor killing'.

With the amendment, the court will not have the authority to seek a lighter sentence for the defendant if the victim is a female who was murdered on 'honor killing' grounds.

To be noted, the courts often grant clemency in cases of the so-called honor killings.

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