The Shafia family, whose father, mother and son were convicted of the premeditated murder of four people, asking the highest court in Ontario to order a new trial.
In documents filed with the Ontario Court of Appeal, Mohammad Shafia, his wife Tooba Yahya and their son Hamed, pleading, inter alia, that the trial judge should not have considered the evidence of an expert on honor crimes.
The three defendants were convicted in January 2012 of four counts of murder premeditated in connection with the death of their daughters, Zainab, 19, Sahar 17, and Geeti, 13, and the first wife of Mr. Shafia, Rona Amir Mohammad, 52.
The victims’ bodies were found June 30, 2009 in a car at the bottom of a canal in Kingston, Ontario.
The Crown had argued at trial that the murders were committed because the girls had brought shame to the family, including attending boys. Ms. Mohammad Amir have simply been eliminated simultaneously.
The trial judge described the killings as being motivated by a “twisted concept of honor.”