PHOENIX – An Iraqi immigrant has been sentenced to 34 1/2 years in an Arizona prison for running over his daughter because she became too Westernized.
Faleh Hassan Almaleki was convicted of second-degree murder in the October 2009 death of his 20-year-old daughter, Noor Almaleki.
A jury also found the 50-year-old guilty of aggravated assault for running over the mother of Noor’s boyfriend and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident.
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge told Almaleki that forgiveness is the core of all religion and was struck by his lack of remorse for the killing.
Police say Almaleki slammed his Jeep into his daughter and Amal Khalaf, who lived and was at Friday’s sentencing.
Noor was in a coma for two weeks before she died from her injuries.
In court Friday, Almaleki, through a translator, apologized for the pain he caused. “I’m sorry Noor, I apologize for Amal.”
Asking for forgiveness, Almaleki told the judge he was sorry for killing his daughter and severely injuring the mother of Noor’s boyfriend.
But the judge said he didn’t see true remorse and compared the Iraqi immigrant to Saddam Hussein.
Prosecutors say Almaleki ran down his daughter to restore honor to his family, guided by his religious beliefs, but the judge said the purpose of religion is compassion and forgiveness.
He didn’t give Almaleki the maximum sentence because he said if Noor was still alive, she would ask for mercy for her father….
Maybe she would, but this still demonstrates a certain hesitation to send a clear signal that honor killing is not going to be tolerated in the West.
Almaleki will not be eligible for parole, meaning he won’t be a free man until he’s almost 85-years-old.