This attack did not succeed in killing the victim, but the man who shot at his 26-year-old sister promptly turned himself into police. Clearly, he did not believe he did anything wrong, and in Jordan, he does not likely face much of a penalty, either, after authorities declined to implement harsher sentences for honor killings several years ago. And for that matter, perhaps, what better way to make the act “official” in the family and the community than registering it at the police station?
“Police question 32-year-old in connection with shooting incident,” by Rana Husseini for the Jordan Times, July 4 (thanks to Larry):
AMMAN – The authorities are questioning a 32-year-old man, who attempted to murder his younger sister in an Amman neighbourhood on Thursday night, official sources said on Saturday.
The suspect, who was not identified by officials, reportedly opened fire at his 26-year-old sister on the street, injuring her in the legs, Police Spokesperson Lt. Colonel Mohammad Khatib said.
The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment and was listed in fair condition, he told The Jordan Times yesterday.
Meanwhile, the suspect headed to the nearest police station and turned himself in, claiming family honour as the motive behind his actions, a second source told The Jordan Times.
The victim was involved with a man a few months before the incident and the relationship was discovered, according to the source.
“The two were married by the governor after the woman spent some time in protective custody,” source said, adding that on Thursday, the suspect had an argument with his sibling over the incident which became heated and he shot her as a result.
The police official said the suspect is being questioned by the criminal court prosecutor, who is expected to charge him with attempted premeditated murder and possessing an unlicensed gun.
The criminal prosecutor issued orders for the suspect to be detained at a correctional facility for 14 days pending further investigation into the case, according to the source.