A German-Afghan man was sentenced to life in prison for the "honour killing" of his sister on Friday, creating mayhem in the court room as family members screamed, assaulted journalists and attempted suicide.
The 24-year-old Ahmad-Sobair O. was convicted of murdering his 16-year-old sister Morsal O. on May 15, 2008 because she had turned away from her family. The girl died after suffering 23 stab wounds in a Sankt Georg district parking lot in Hamburg. Both siblings, who immigrated to Germany 13 years ago, have German citizenship.
"He killed out of pure intolerance," Hamburg Judge Wolfgang Backen said while reading the verdict, adding that the murder was "treacherous" and a premeditated "bloodbath" after all other attempts to "discipline" his sister had failed.