1 DEAD “FIRST’ WIFE AND 3 DEAD DAUGHTERS, COURTESY OF ISLAM…
Quadruple killing hearing opens in Kingston
Last Updated: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 | 8:56 PM ET
Lawyers started presenting pre-trial motions at a hearing in Kingston Tuesday for three members of a Montreal family charged with killing four female relatives last year.
The bodies of sisters Zainab Shafia, 19, Sahara Shafia, 17, and Geeti Shafia, 13, as well as Rona Amir Mohammed, 50, were found June 30, 2009, in a Nissan Sentra submerged in a lock of the Rideau Canal at Kingston Mills.
The sisters’ father, Mohammad Shafia, 57, their mother, Tooba Mohammad Yehya, 40, and their brother Hamid Mohammad Shafia, 19, face four counts each of first-degree murder.
Rona Amir Mohammad was Mohammad Shafia’s first wife.
Testimony at the pre-trial hearing is being instantly translated into English, French and Farsi, the language spoken by the Shafia family, who are originally from Afghanistan and moved to Montreal in 2007.
Crown prosecutors presented 22 witnesses during a 15-day preliminary in February.
Evidence presented at the hearing cannot be published or broadcast because of publication bans, which remain in force during the pre-trial motions stage.
The hearing is expected to last until Oct. 29.