Fate of Shafias now in the jury’s hands

Crown wraps up closing arguments after a delay caused by a bomb scare


Now it’s in the hands of the jury.

After a bomb scare prompted a brief intermission Thursday, the Crown wrapped up closing arguments in the Shafia “honour killing” at the Frontenac County Court House in Kingston, Ont., where Mohammed Shafia, his wife Tooba Yahya and their 21-year-old son Hamed have each plead not guilty to four counts of first degree murder.

Their blockbuster trial has grabbed the attention of people across the country since it began on Oct. 20. The evidence brought forward by the Crown has painted the Shafias as deeply driven by a concept of family honour — to the point where they decided to kill off four family members in order to, as Crown prosecutor Laurie Lacelle put it Thursday, “remove the diseased limb” from their family tree.

The three accused are charged with killing three Shafia sisters Zainab, Sahar and Geeti, aged 19, 17 and 13, as well as Rona Amir, Shafia’s first wife in a clandestine polygamous marriage. Their bodies were found strapped into the seatbeats of a submerged Nissan in the Rideau Canal in Kingston. The Crown has argued that the accused had planned to kill the four women and had pushed their vehicle into the water by prodding it with their own Lexus. Police recovered bits of headlight from their car on the scene, which the Crown presented as evidence during the months-long trial.

Justice Robert Maranger will begin charging the jury to determine the Shafia’s guilt Friday morning.

UPDATE (1 p.m. EST): Justice Robert Maranger issues his 200-page charge to the jury, indicating that they are allowed to deliver a verdict of second degree murder against some or all of the accused. All three face the possibility of conviction on first degree murder charges. A second degree murder charge does not require the same proof of planning and premeditation.

“If you are left with a reasonable doubt,” said Maranger, quoted by the CBC, “you’d find the accused not guilty.”

The jury will deliberate through the weekend.

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Fate of Shafias now in the jury’s hands

  1. I wish I was on the jury and had access to all the evidence and heard from prosecution and defence. I have never been called for jury duty and I’m not sure if it would be a good thing or not. Reading about trials is just not the same.
    All the same after all the reporters got their two cents in I feel they are more guilty then innocent. They do this kind of thing in the old country so why not here. First generation brings their attitude and don’t tell me different. It is the next generation growing up here that becomes Canadian. Unless they are brought up in a bubble. We would be the same over there if we moved. 

  2. Congrats to the Post- you are the ONLY place that has comments open on this.  Everyone else is running scared.

  3. I hope this atrocity serves as a wake-up call to all of us!! How did we ever arrive at this stage?
    We, with our to humanitarian attitude have to realize, that out there, there is an extremely dangerous, driven by religious fanaticism, entity at work. Driven by religious fervor and guided by the Sharia Law, which we seem to condone, which could destroy the fabric of our society.
    How did we ever get to this stage? We must not be too obliging and make it clear to the rest of the world were Canada stands on this and other issues.
    Walter Matle

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