WE’RE NOT THAT STUPID…

THESE THREE HAVE BEEN LYING SINCE THEIR ARRIVAL IN CANADA, YET NOW WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BELIEVE THAT THE WIFE (THEY LIED ABOUT) AND THREE DAUGHTERS JUST HAPPEN TO DROWN BY ACCIDENT….EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE ALREADY DEAD BEFORE BEING PLACED IN THE SUV….BUT….HEY….THAT’S NEITHER HERE OR THERE…RIGHT?

Shafia trial: Accused lacked time to commit murders, lawyer says

By Rob Tripp, Postmedia NewsJanuary 24, 2012 2:06 PM

Hamed Shafia, Mohammad Shafia, and Tooba Mohammad Yahya  walk into the Frontenac Court courthouse in Kingston, Ont. in this file photo  from last fall.

Photograph by: Lars Hagberg, Montreal  Gazette

KINGSTON, Ont. — Three members of a Montreal family at the centre of Canada’s  first mass honour killings trial did not have the time to carry out the slaying  of four other family members, jurors were told Tuesday, as defence lawyers began  closing submissions at the Shafia trial.

 

Lawyer Peter Kemp, who represents businessman Mohammad Shafia, 58, said the  evidence about the timing of events on June 30, 2009, shows there simply wasn’t  enough time for the accused to commit a complex multiple murder.

 

Kemp outlined a theory about how long it would take to forcibly drown four  people at Kingston Mills, an isolated spot along the Rideau Canal, where the  victims were found dead, then place their bodies inside a Nissan Sentra and push  it into the water.

 

“There was simply no time for a murder as opposed to an accident,” Kemp  said.

 

Shafia sisters, Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13, were found dead inside  the family’s car, which was discovered submerged at the bottom of a shallow  canal near Kingston, in eastern Ontario. Rona Amir Mohammad, 52, also was in the  vehicle. She was Shafia’s first wife, whom he married in his native Afghanistan  before the polygamous family moved to Canada in 2007 and settled in  Montreal.

 

All of the victims had drowned but examinations could not pinpoint where and  how they drowned.

 

Shafia, along with his second wife, Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 42, and their son,  Hamed, 21, are each charged with four counts of first-degree murder. They have  pleaded not guilty. Their trial, underway since October 2011, is in its final  stages.

 

Kemp reviewed evidence heard during the trial that suggested Shafia was a  loving, liberal father who worked tirelessly to find a place for his children  where they could get a good education and would have opportunities that were not  available in their home country.

 

Kemp said that, given this, jurors should conclude the victims died in an  accident, and were not slain in an honour killing, as prosecutors insist.

 

“You would have to accept that the father of seven children, who had spent  the last 20 years providing for them all around the world, who was in the  process of building a large new home for them, for no apparent reason, became so  black, so dark, so evil, that he would cold-bloodedly plan the execution of  three of them and carry out that plan,” Kemp said, his voice rising.

 

He said that at the end of the day, jurors do not know how the car got to  Kingston Mills and they do not know what the four victims were doing there.

 

“They all drowned accidentally,” Kemp said.

 

Defence lawyer David Crowe, who represents Yahya, also began his address, and  attacked the notion that the three accused would subscribe to some ancient  practice in which girls and women are killed to restore the family’s honour.

 

“In my submission, the concept of honour killing has no application to the  events before you and should be disregarded in its totality when you’re  deliberating as to what occurred and whether these incidents constituted a  murder or constituted an accident,” Crowe told jurors.

 

His submission was not complete when court adjourned for a lunch break.

 

After the three defence lawyers complete their submissions, the judge will  instruct the jurors on the law and he will review the evidence, before they  begin deliberations.

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2 thoughts on “WE’RE NOT THAT STUPID…

    • What really slays me is that this lawyer seems to ignore the fact that all 4 of them were dead BEFORE they were in the SUV…They must have ‘accidentally’ fell into it and drove into the canal…..Riiiiiight.

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