Six members of a Muslim family from Arizona have been arrested on a laundry list of charges stemming from allegations they tried to kidnap their daughter and sister because she has a non-Muslim boyfriend.
Islam expert Robert Spencer at JihadWatch noted that Muslims commit 91% of honor killings worldwide, and Islamic states routinely grant light sentences to family members who are caught in those circumstances.
“According to Islamic law, ‘retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.’ However, ‘not subject to retaliation’ is ‘a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring,’” he explained.
It is Fox10, a local outlet in Phoenix, that reported the arrests of the parents and siblings of a 20-year-old woman “because they disapprove of her boyfriend, who doesn’t share their Muslim faith.”
The incidents prompting the cases of alleged criminal activity date back to last winter.
“The woman, who is 20 weeks pregnant, told police she was afraid her relatives will kill her because they believe she has brought dishonor to the family, detectives wrote in a probable cause statement filed in Maricopa County Superior Court following the arrests,” the broadcast outlet reported.
Court records show that Ali Alfartousi, 33, a brother, is accused of kidnapping (domestic violence), aggravated robbery and threats; Bashir Alfartousi, 36, a brother, is accused of kidnapping (domestic violence); Fares Alfartousi, 63, father, faces counts of kidnapping, aggravated robbery and disorderly conduct; Souad Alfartousi, 59, mother, faces counts of kidnapping and aggravated robbery, Yaser Alfartousi, 35, brother, faces kidnapping, robbery and disorderly conduct counts; and Zahraa Alfartousi, 31, sister, faces kidnapping, robbery, threats, and disorderly conduct.
Detectives in court records describe a long list of incidents, including one just days ago when “the relatives” took the woman’s “cell phone and purse” and her boyfriend’s gun during a “violent assault.”
The victim, at the time, grabbed the responding officer, pleading, “Please, don’t let them take me.”
The name of the victim was not released.
Detectives cited a “history of harassment against the victim because of her relationship with a boyfriend, who is described as being of another religious faith.”
The victim previously had reported to police that “her family tried to kill her and her boyfriend in Phoenix, which led to them to move to Yuma in an effort to get away from her family,” the report said.
Also included were threats of death, the report said. “According to the Yuma Police report, she stated that her brother had successfully kidnapped her and had planned to bring her back to her family where she would have likely been killed.”
The kidnapping counts stem from an alleged attempt by the five family members to take the victim from a parking lot as she arrived at a doctor’s appointment.
The police report said, “Ali, Yaser, Zahraa, Souad and Fares pulled the victim into a vehicle and began punching her in the stomach. Two witnesses in the parking lot came to the aid of the victim allowing her to escape.”
The report explained how the defendants told investigators they did not believe their actions were criminal in nature.
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