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    A Texas father accused of fatally shooting his daughters in the back of a taxi in an “honor killing” before going on the lam for over a decade took the stand in his own defense on Monday—and claimed he “felt his life was in danger” the night of the 2008 incident. Yaser Said, 64, has pleaded not guilty to the murders of his daughters, 17-year-old Sarah and 18-year-old Amina. Prosecutors allege that Said killed them outside of a Dallas-area hotel after learning they had begun dating and after they had escaped from their house out of fear. Said’s lawyers have argued throughout the trial the crime was only pinned on him because he is Muslim. Said evaded authorities for 12 years, landing him on the FBI’s Most Wanted List before he was found in 2020 hiding about in Justin, Texas, about 40 minutes away from the crime scene. Witnesses and former investigators testified in court that during his time on the lam, Said took extreme measures to hide, including enlisting the help of his son and brother, and sleeping in...
    It did not take long for authorities to suspect Yaser Said was involved in the murder of his two teenage daughters, whose bullet-ridden bodies were found inside an orange Jet Taxi cab on New Year’s Day in 2008. Said, who was the last person to be seen with 17-year-old Sarah and 18-year-old Amina, was nowhere near the taxi when it was found outside a Dallas-area hotel—despite a 911 call placed by one of the daughters insisting he “shot” them. When officials finally arrived at the Said house, authorities were surprised to learn that the father-of-three had vanished into thin air. The next day, Said was charged with two counts of capital murder in what prosecutors have described as an “honor killing.” But former investigators and witnesses who testified on behalf of the prosecution in Said’s trial in Dallas Court Court detailed how it took a 12-year manhunt before the suspect was actually apprehended. In the meantime, Said allegedly took extreme measures to evade police while on the FBI’s Most Wanted List, including enlisting the help of his son and brother...
    A CHILLING 911 call revealed the moment a teen screamed “I’m dying” as her father allegedly shot her and her sister to death in an honor killing. After over a decade on the run Yaser Said, 65, is facing trial for the deaths of his daughters Amina and Sarah Said. 5A chilling 911 call was played to jurors featuring the last words of a teenage girl before dyingCredit: Facebook 5Yaser Said evaded capture for 12 years for the alleged murder of his daughtersCredit: AP 5The bodies of Sarah [left] and Amina Said [right] were found in their father's taxi on New Year's Day 2008Credit: Facebook Some of Sarah’s last words were heard in a New Year’s Day 911 call from the back of her father’s taxi outside Dallas, Texas.  “Help! My dad shot me,” shouted 17-year-old Sarah as prosecutors say her father shot her and Amina, 18, in an “honor killing.” Said learned that his daughters had begun dating and realized he could not “control them,” argued prosecutors, adding that the girls had formed a plan to escape their father...
    The Texas father accused of fatally shooting his daughters in the back of his taxi in an “honor killing” allegedly sexually assaulted the two girls years prior—and then threatened to kill their mother if they didn’t recant their claims to police. The shocking accusation against Yaser Said came during testimony by his ex-wife, Patricia Owen, in Dallas County Court on Thursday during his capital murder trial. Breaking down several times on the stand, Owens testified that her daughters, Sarah and Amina, told her in 1998 that Said had touched them. After learning about the allegations, Owens said that she went with the daughters to the Hillcounty Sheriff’s Department “to make a report” before moving to another town to be near her sister. At the time, Amina would have been around 8 years old and Sarah would have been 7. The charges were ultimately dropped after the girls recanted out of fear of their father, she said. “He wanted me to go back to him and if I didn’t go back to him, he threatened to kill me and my family,”...
    “Help! My dad shot me.” Desperate pleas were some of the last words 17-year-old Sarah Said uttered in a New Year’s Day 911 call from the back of her father’s taxi outside Dallas, Texas. The audio dates from 2008, just moments after prosecutors say Yaser Said shot his daughter and her sister, 18-year-old Amina, in an “honor killing,” having learned they had begun dating and that he could no longer “control them.” It also came after the daughters hatched a plan to escape their father two weeks prior, even successfully relocating before being persuaded to go back to Texas after being reported missing. “I’m dying, I’m dying,” the teenager can be heard crying in the Jan. 1, 2008, call at around 7:30 p.m. that was played to jurors in a Dallas County courtroom on Wednesday. Minutes later, a passerby discovered Sarah and Amina’s bullet-riddled bodies outside a Dallas-area hotel and also called authorities for help. But Said was nowhere to be found. It would take authorities over a decade to find a man who landed on the FBI’s Most Wanted...
    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police arrested six men from the same family on Sunday, accused of murdering two sisters who were from the same village but also had Spanish citizenship. Police said that Urooj Abbas, 21, and Anisa Abbas, 23, were severely tortured and shot dead in the Gujrat district of Punjab province, which neighbors India. The two women were allegedly killed for refusing to bring their husbands — cousins from forced marriages — to Spain. Officer Ataur Rehman said that murder charges were leveled against the victims’ brother, a paternal uncle, both husbands, a cousin, and both fathers-in-law. Two unknown suspects and another relative also charged in the murder were still at large. Forced marriages are common in rural areas of conservative Pakistan, where relatives don’t hesitate to kill women who refuse them or ignore the opinions of family elders. Rights groups say around 1,000 women are killed every year in so-called honor killings in Pakistan. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A Pakistani court acquitted Muhammad Waseem on Monday for the 2016 “honor killing” of his sister, a social media celebrity named Qandeel Baloch, the BBC reported on Tuesday. “The court order [of Waseem’s acquittal] has yet to be made public, but lawyers said it came after Waseem retracted his confession and his parents called for his release,” the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported on February 15. “A lawyer for Waseem told the BBC that the decision to acquit him came after his parents said they had forgiven him, and after Waseem filed a claim that his confession had been coerced by police,” according to the public broadcaster. Following Baloch’s killing, Waseem told police, “I am proud of what I did. I drugged her first, then I killed her.” Anwar Mai (L), the mother of slain social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch, reacts as she leaves the court after the verdict in Multan on September 27, 2019. (SS MIRZA/AFP/Getty Images) The court acquitting him did not indicate that it had any doubt that he had killed her. Waseem’s layer, Sardar Mahboob, confirmed to...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously to Emmett Till, the Chicago teenager murdered by white supremacists in the 1950s, and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, who insisted on an open casket funeral to demonstrate the brutality of his killing. Till was abducted, tortured and killed after witnesses said he whistled at a white woman in Mississippi, a scenario contradicted by others who were with Till at the time. The killing galvanized the civil rights movement after Till’s mother insisted on an open casket and Jet magazine published photos of his brutalized body. Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J. and Richard Burr, R-N.C., introduced the bill to honor Till and his mother with the highest civilian honor that Congress awards. They described the legislation as a long overdue recognition of what the Till family endured and what they accomplished in their fight against injustice. The House version of the legislation is sponsored by Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill. He also has sponsored a bill to issue a commemorative postage stamp in honor of Mamie Till-Mobley....
    A People Magazine cover story that touted television legend Betty White being 'so lucky to be in such good health' ahead of her 100th birthday has been blamed for having 'jinxed' the celebrated comedic actress, who passed away Friday - 17 days before her centennial.  The cover story, which ran December 28 on the magazine's website and in print with the headline 'Betty White Turns 100!', published just three days before White's death.   In the story, White shares what she feels has kept her going for so long with her trademark sharp sense of humor.  She said of her diet: 'I try to avoid anything green. I think it's working.'  On a more serious note, White said 'I'm so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at this age. It's amazing.' Social media users are pointing out this darkly ironic headline which teased a profile of comedic legend Betty White ahead of her 100th birthday. White died just 17 days shy of her centennial on December 31 RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next...
    PORTAGE PARK — Family, friends and community members gathered Friday to unveil a free little library in honor of Anthony Alvarez, marking six months since he was fatally shot by a cop blocks from his home. The library was installed next to a memorial for Alvarez at West Eddy Street and North Laramie Avenue, near where Officer Evan Solano shot the 22-year-old after a foot chase March 31. Children helped paint the wooden walls which included a sign reading, “Long Live Anthony,” a portrait of Alvarez, and the logo of Pumas, his favorite Mexican soccer team. Credit: Ariel Parrella-Aureli/Block Club ChicagoVolunteers paint the little library that was unveiled in honor of Anthony Alvarez at West Eddy and North Laramie in Portage Park on Oct. 1, 2021. The back features the logo of Alvarez’s favorite soccer team, Los Pumas. Alvarez’s cousin, Roxana Figueroa, came up with the idea for the library to honor the young father, brother and son who liked to read. Naomi Powers, an organizer with the Party for Socialism and Liberation’s Chicago chapter, designed the structure. ...
    More On: honor killings ‘Honour’ star Keeley Hawes on how one murder horrified an entire country Fugitive dad arrested for slaying teen daughters in ‘honor killing’ Iranian girl, 13, beheaded by father in ‘honor killing’ as she slept Brother found guilty of strangling Pakistan’s Kim Kardashian in ‘honor killing’ A 20-year-old Iranian man was beheaded in an alleged honor killing after his family discovered he was gay, according to LGBTQ rights activists. Ali Fazeli Monfared, who lived in Ahvaz, was reportedly killed after his relatives found out he had been exempted from serving in the military due to his sexual orientation, according to 6Rang, the Iranian Lesbian and Transgender Network. Fazeli Monfared had applied for the status so that he could leave the country and go to Turkey to live with his close friend, Aghil Bayat, NBC News reported. But when he received his exemption card in the mail, one of his family members found it, according to 6Rang. Several male relatives then allegedly took Fazeli Monfared to a rural village near Ahvaz and executed him on May 4, a...
    The son of one of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Most Wanted suspects was sentenced to prison for hiding his father for over a decade, according to the Justice Department. Islam Said, 32, was sentenced Tuesday to ten years in federal prison for helping his father, Yaser Said, evade capture since 2008, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Texas said in the statement. Yaser Said was accused of killing his two daughters. #UPDATE: Islam Said Sentenced To 10 Years For Hiding Father Yaser Said To Avoid Arrest In Daughters’ Murders https://t.co/5uEpAXP3U5 — CBSDFW (@CBSDFW) April 27, 2021 #BREAKING: U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth sentences Islam Said, 32, to 10yrs for hiding fugitive father Yaser Said, accused of brutally murdering his daughters Amina & Sarah in his taxicab in 2008 honor killing. Yaser evaded capture for 12yrs @CourthouseNews pic.twitter.com/MgOySgE5fD — David Lee (@davejourno) April 27, 2021 Yaser Said was arrested in August, 12 years after he is alleged to have shot and killed his two daughters, 18-year-old Amina and 17-year-old Sarah, in...
    A female doctor has been beaten and thrown to her death from her apartment in Egypt in a so-called honour killing after she invited a male colleague back to the flat.  The 34-year-old, who has not been publicly identified, plunged to her death from her apartment balcony in Cairo two weeks ago, local media reported. Three men - her landlord, doorman and neighbour - have now been arrested amid an investigation into her death. The trio are accused of breaking into the apartment and beating her because she had spent time alone with a male colleague. A 34-year-old female doctor was allegedly beaten and pushed to her death from an apartment in Cairo in an 'honour killing' because she spent time alone with a male colleague (file image) Strict social codes in Egypt mean it is considered deeply shameful for a woman to be alone with an unrelated man, though the law does not expressly forbid it. The men have not yet been charged, according to The New Arab, as police continue to investigate the case. Reports of the...
    (Brasilia) The Brazilian Supreme Court has ruled that it is unconstitutional to call “honor killings” as a mitigation measure in cases of murder of a woman. On March 13, 2021 at 2:56 pm. France Media Agency The court ruled Friday night that “the study of legal protection of honor is unconstitutional because it violates the constitutional principles of human rights, life and gender equality.” Brazil registered 1,326 women in 2019, an increase of 7.8% over the previous year, according to the latest figures from the Brazilian Public Safety Council. In 2017, the famous arbitral tribunal decided to release Wagner Rosario Modesto, a man who tried to kill his ex-wife, who was stabbed three times a year in the city of Nova Era (Minas Gerais, Southeast). , Provoked anger. He pleaded his defense was a “respectable defense” and explained that the accused was blinded by jealousy when he saw a message on his ex-wife’s cell phone. The murder of another woman shocked the country in 1976 when Angela Dinis,...
    Indian police have arrested a man and accused him of decapitating his own teenage daughter in a rage over her relationship with another man he didn't like, BBC News reported on Thursday, in what appears to be the latest gruesome case of so-called "honor killing" in the Asian nation. Police in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh said Sarvesh Kumar was arrested as he walked toward the local police station carrying his daughter's head. BBC News said the local police released a video of Kumar confessing to the crime, in which he explains that he was enraged to learn of his daughter's relationship, came home to find her alone, locker her in a room and decapitated her with a sharp object. Neighbors reported to the police the sight of Kumar apparently carrying his daughter's head through their district of Hardoi on Wednesday after he committed the alleged crime. Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee members protest against atrocities against women from minority communities in the country, November 5, 2020 in New Delhi, India. Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times/Getty Honor crimes are a major problem...
    ISLAMABAD - The Taliban on Friday said its February 2020 agreement with the United States is meant to give American “invading” troops a “safe passage” out of Afghanistan, insisting the insurgent group expects President Joe Biden administration’s “review” of the document will not disrupt it. Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the deputy Taliban peace negotiator, made the statement during an ongoing visit to Moscow, where his delegation is meeting with top Russian officials. Stanikzai told a news conference that the Taliban signed the pact with a “legal, elected government in America” and the new U.S. administration reviewing it “is their “internal decision.” But it does not mean Washington is abandoning the treaty, he added. “In the history of Afghanistan, no one ever gave a safe passage to foreign invading troops. So, this is a good chance for the Americans that we are giving them safe passage to go out according to this treaty. We hope that when they are reviewing it they will come to the same positive [conclusion],” Stanikzai stressed. He also rejected as “completely false” allegations that the...
    A young woman who refused to accept an arranged marriage to her cousin and ran off with her lover has been murdered and her boyfriend was raped and killed after they were invited by her family to a New Year party to make peace. The horrific killings took place in Bayramozu Village in the district of Kaman in the central Turkish city of Kirsehir where the young woman Vildan Ince, 24, was forced to marry her cousin in a religious ceremony after being put under immense pressure by her family. However, the young woman, who did not want the marriage, ran away with her boyfriend Osman Celik, 25, almost two months ago. The victims, Osman Celik and Vildan Ince, who were murdered in Kaman Victim Osman Celik. The horrific killings took place in Bayramozu Village in the district of Kaman in the central Turkish city of Kirsehir Her family searched for the pair but were unable to find them until they turned up for a New Year's Eve party in the village. After learning that their daughter was in...
    Georgia homicide detectives are trying to determine why a 13-year-old honor student was shot to death in front of his home by a man with a shotgun. The killer was wearing a ski mask when he walked up to Brayan Zavala Thursday evening in Riverdale and shot him in the face, Clayton County police said. The boy died in his father’s arms. On Sunday, police assigned to the case issued an appeal to the public for tips. The shooting occurred days before Brayan's 14th birthday. LOUISIANA MAN CHARGED WITH SHOOTING AND KILLING TODDLER DURING VIOLENT RAMPAGE "They shot my brother, they killed him. For no reason," Brayan’s 16-year-old brother told Fox 5 Atlanta. "He shot my brother in the face,” Jesus Zavala said. “My brother dropped and I saw his eyes also drop. We lost him." PENNSYLVANIA WOMAN, 19, KILLED IN ATTEMPTED CARJACKING The shooting took place in front of the Zavala mobile home. Jesus said he and Brayan were helping their father fix a riding mower. Jesus said the shooter never responded when his father asked him what he wanted, the station reported. CLICK HERE...
    BRONZEVILLE — Chicagoans staged multiple demonstrations throughout the city Wednesday night, protesting the decision not to charge Louisville, Kentucky police officers with killing 26-year-old Breonna Taylor when they raided her apartment in March. More than 200 people marched outside Chicago Police Department headquarters Bronzeville, before starting a march down 35th Street and to Dunbar Park, chanting Taylor’s name. Large group of protesters take Dunbar Park in Chicago, chanting “Say her name, #BreonnaTaylor” pic.twitter.com/eSYfrl08Tf— Joe Ward (@JayDubWard) September 24, 2020 In Gresham, Rev. Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church led dozens of people in a march down 79th Street in Gresham, stopping at Racine to paint “Breonna” in fake blood in the intersection. Activists also organized demonstrations in Millennium Park and Palmer Square. It’s become a familiar and painful ritual in Chicago and throughout the country. People have marched, chanted, gathered, grieved and demanded justice again and again for Black victims of police violence — for George Floyd. For Jacob Blake. For Daniel Prude. For Ahmaud Arbery. “It’s hard being out here again,” said Aislinn Pulley, an organizer...
    A capital murder suspect placed on the FBI’s Ten Most-Wanted Fugitive list for allegedly killing his two daughters in what has been described as an honor killing was captured after 12 years, the FBI announced Thursday. FBI Yaser Abdel Said, 63, was arrested without incident in Justin, Texas on charges related to the killing of his two teenage daughters in January 2008. Said is accused of shooting and killing Amina, 18, and Sarah, 17, in the back of his taxi in Irving, Texas after telling the two victims they were going for a ride to get food. The #FBI joins our state and local law enforcement partners in announcing the capture of Ten Most Wanted Fugitive Yaser Abdel Said, a capital murder suspect wanted in connection with the homicide of his two teenage daughters. @FBIDallas https://t.co/Dtx26p8ZNt pic.twitter.com/AsGPoJQjCB — FBI (@FBI) August 27, 2020 The Egyptian-born suspect was placed on the FBI’s list in 2014, and the suspect’s son Islam Said, along with his brother Yassim Said are facing charges of harboring a fugitive. “Even after 12 years of frustration...
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that they had captured a man wanted for more than a decade for allegedly murdering his two teen daughters in a suspected "honor killing." 63-year-old Yaser Abdel Said was taken into custody on Wednesday in a small North Texas town just 63 miles away from Dallas, where is alleged to have killed his daughters, aged 17 and 18, in 2008. The two high school students, Sarah Yaser Said and Amina Yaser Said, were found shot multiple times in a cab outside a motel in the town of Irving, a suburb of Dallas. One of the girls managed to call the police and tell them she was dying before both succumbed to their gunshot injuries. The emergency dispatcher had been unable to ascertain the caller's location and they were found an hour later by a witness at the motel. Investigators found that their mother had fled with her daughters because she was afraid that Said would harm the younger daughter. She said that he was...
    A Texas father — and one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives — wanted for the slayings of his two teen daughters was busted after more than twelve years on the run, the federal law enforcement agency announced. Yaser Abdel Said, 63, was arrested Wednesday by agents in the small town of Justin, about 36 miles northwest of Dallas, officials said. The Egyptian-born taxi cab driver was sought on capital murder charges since the New Year’s Day shootings of his two daughters, Sarah Yaser Said, 17, and Amina Yaser Said, 18, in 2008 which have been described as “honor killings.” The teens were found shot multiple times in a cab outside an Irving motel after one of them called 911, saying she was dying, authorities said. “Help,” the younger sister could be heard crying on a 911 recording. “I’m dying. Oh my God. Stop it.” Relatives at the time told cops that Yaser threatened “bodily harm” against Sarah for going on a date with a non-Muslim. The girls’ mother, Patricia Said, fled with both girls in the week before...
    A Dallas-area taxicab driver wanted for the 2008 slayings of his two teenage daughters was arrested Wednesday in a small North Texas town, the FBI said. Agents arrested Yaser Abdel Said, 63, in Justin, 36 miles northwest of Dallas. This undated photo provided by the Irving (Texas) Police Department shows Yaser Abdel Said. AP The Egyptian-born suspect had been sought on a capital murder warrant since the New Year's Day 2008 fatal shootings  of the two Lewisville High School students, Sarah Yaser Said, 17, and Amina Yaser Said, 18. Court documents list no attorney for the suspect. A police report at the time said a family member told investigators that the suspect threatened "bodily harm″ against Sarah for going on a date with a non-Muslim. The mother, Patricia Said, fled with her daughters in the week before their deaths because she was in "great fear for her life." Gail Gattrell, the sisters' great-aunt, has called the deaths an "honor killing,"  in which a woman is murdered by a relative to protect her family's honor. The teenage sisters were found shot...
    (CNN)Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for new protections for women after a 14-year-old girl was allegedly murdered by her father in a so-called "honor killing," sparking outrage in the country. Romina Ashrafi's father is suspected of killing her with a farming sickle after she ran away from her family home in northern Iran's Talesh county with a 29-year-old man, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.Police have arrested the teenager's father. Ashrafi's death has been widely covered by Iranian media across reformist, moderate and pro-government news outlets.It is unclear whether the 29-year-old man will face criminal charges.Two Pakistani women murdered in so-called honor killing after a leaked video circulates onlineAmnesty International condemned the killing and called on authorities to ensure full "accountability" for the crime.Read More"We call on Iran's authorities & lawmakers to end the impunity for violence against women/girls & criminalize domestic violence. They must amend Article 301 of the Penal Code to ensure accountability proportionate to the severity of the crime, without resort to the death penalty," Amnesty said in a statement on Twitter, Thursday. According to the...
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