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Taxi boss jailed for threats against daughter
by Megan Gillis
The city's taxi union boss was handed a year in jail Tuesday for what a judge deemed an "honour crime."
Yusef Salam Al Mezel, 44, had pleaded guilty to criminally harassing his 23-year-old daughter, Eman, over three weeks in July 2007.
"Mr. Al Mezel has threatened his daughter with serious violence and has caused her to fear for her safety in the name of honour," Judge Lynn Ratushny wrote. "He has committed the crime of harassment against her in the name of honour."
Al Mezel admitted to pushing his daughter, threatening to break her legs and kill her and smashing her computer. When she fled marriage to a Syrian man for a $9,000 dowry, he stalked her to a shelter and a friend's home.
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