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The head of Ottawa's taxi union has been sentenced to 12 months in jail for threatening his daughter with an honour crime if she did not obey his wishes.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Lynn Ratushny said the sentence was the minimum penalty that Yusef Al Mezel could serve to address the "strong need" for denunciation and general deterrence after he implied that the actions of his 23-year-old daughter would be met with violence because she had shamed and dishonoured her family.

While the judge recognized Al Mezel was a respected community leader whose threats would not likely result in an honour killing, she said they do remain as threats of some possible form of violence in the name of honour that required significant condemnation.

"They invoke a seriously dangerous belief system that can and has led to violence against women," said Ratushny.


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