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Honour killings involve a cleansing of dishonour aimed at restoring a family's respect after the so-called "misbehaviour" of female relatives, an expert has told the Ottawa murder trial of Hasibullah Sadiqi.

The "act of purifying through blood" involves control of women by male family members, said Shahrzad Mojab, a University of Toronto professor who has researched the topic extensively.

Mojab testified Friday at the trial of Sadiqi, 23, who is accused of shooting his sister and her fiancé in a car at the Elmvale Acres shopping plaza shortly before 1 a.m. on Sept. 19, 2006.

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