I hope an Arizona jury throws the book at dad FALEH HASSAN ALMALEKI. Somehow we need to get out the message that "honor killing" crap won't be tolerated in the United States. It's murder plain and simple, and you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. And we don't give a sh-- about your medieval attitudes from the old country. There should be no cultural "respect" when it comes to homicide and the violation of basic human rights. There is no place for all that garbage in a democracy based on "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
I am not anti-immigrant in the slightest. I hate the "speak English" crowd because they're stupid, ugly bigots, and don't even get me started on the fascist "minutemen" types. But honestly, if you don't like American values and you think Iranian values are so much better, why are you here?
Woman hit with car by Iraqi father in Ariz. dies
By AMANDA LEE MYERS
Associated Press Writer
Published: Monday, Nov. 2, 2009 - 2:33 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Nov. 2, 2009 - 5:08 pm
PHOENIX -- A young Iraqi woman whose father allegedly hit her with his car because she had become too Westernized died from her injuries Monday after laying in a coma for nearly two weeks.
Noor Faleh Almaleki, 20, underwent spinal surgery and had been in a hospital since Oct. 20, when police say her father ran down her and her boyfriend's mother with his Jeep as the women were walking across a parking lot in the west Phoenix suburb of Peoria.
The other woman, Amal Khalaf, is expected to survive.
Faleh Hassan Almaleki, 48, fled after the attack but was arrested Thursday when he arrived at Atlanta's airport, where he was sent from the United Kingdom after authorities denied him entrance.
Peoria police interviewed him and brought him back to Arizona over the weekend, but have declined to release what Almaleki said to them.
At a court hearing over the weekend in Phoenix, county prosecutor Stephanie Low told a judge that Almaleki admitted to committing the crime.
"By his own admission, this was an intentional act and the reason was that his daughter had brought shame on him and his family," Low said. "This was an attempt at an honor killing."
Family members had told police that Almaleki attacked his daughter because he believed she had become too Westernized and was not living according to his traditional Iraqi values.
Almaleki, wearing a jail uniform, said only his name and birth date during the hearing. He has declined requests to be interviewed.
Almaleki had faced charges of aggravated assault, but Peoria police spokesman Mike Tellef said the charges will be upgraded in light of Noor Faleh Almaleki's death.
Police said the Almalekis moved to Peoria from Iraq in the mid-1990s.