Maja Bradaric (Photo: Dominicus College)
A 16-year-old girl was murdered in Holland, and about all that authorities have revealed about why is that it wasn’t an honor killing, as was previously reported in the Dutch media: “The authorities have denied a newspaper report on Monday that there was a family link between the culprit and murdered schoolgirl 16-year-old Maja Bradaric.” This from Expatica News, via Rantburg, with thanks to seafarious.
“It refuted claims made in newspaper De Telegraaf that Maja was killed by her 18-year-old nephew, Goran M., a Bosnian Muslim of Nijmegen. It is alleged in the report that Goran committed premeditated murder, an NOS news report said. Sources close to the investigation claimed the schoolgirl, also of Bosnian descent, was killed because she had become too ‘westernised’ and in regards boyfriends, had turned her back on the Muslim culture, bringing shame to her family circle.
“But the sources refused to label the murder an honour killing, a term frequently applied to deaths among the Muslim community. Such killings are designed to reverse any dishonour a victim has allegedly brought to a traditional Islamic family.
“Meanwhile, it is also alleged that Goran’s 18-year-old Muslim friend, Ferdi 0., helped him carry out the murder. . . . The prosecution has said the motive for the killing was relationship-based, but there was no indication of sexual assault. Two 18-year-old suspects have confessed to the murder. . . . Several weeks before her death, Maja had become a member of an internet website to search for boyfriends. She wrote in discussion forums under the profile name xxSweetyxx and said one of her greatest hobbies was to ‘hunt for boys’.”
Could this have been an honor killing, with Dutch authorities unwilling to admit that this practice, a scourge of the Middle East, has arrived in Europe? It’s not certain given the scantiness of available details, but I’ll keep you posted as circumstances allow.