Quadruple killing hearing opens in Kingston

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 | 8:56 PM ET

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Tooba Mohammad Yehya, left, her son Hamid Mohammad Shafia, centre, and his father, Mohammad Shafia, are seen after their arrest in July 2009. (CBC)

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.

The bodies of the four victims were pulled from a submerged car in the Rideau Canal locks northeast of Kingston, Ont. (CBC)

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.

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2 thoughts on “ALL IN THE FAMILY…

  1. Can you say QUADRUBLE HONOUR KILLING…….THE MEDIA CAN’T What did all of the murderers have in common in this HONOUR KILLING….oops and one of the victims? All were MUSLIM AND named after Mo Ham Mad. The perfect man…..right. Call your MP and tell them you have had enough and to stop letting these people into the country.

    • I once brought this up to my local MP, he all but agreed with me. Except that he was being choked by his collar of political correctness. Just a lot of sputtering and non responses…Politicians are not listening to us…Not yet.

      I wonder how long Canada will stay silent?

      And these women will continue to be murdered unabated…

      Welcome to Canada.

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