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Mohammad Shafia's behaviour explained through simple Afghan wisdom
by Christie Blatchford
What the doctor did, to borrow a line from an old SCTV sketch, was to blow up real good.
So beautifully dressed and at first so very smiley, Dr. Mohammad Anwar Yaqubi demonstrated early in prosecutor Gerard Laarhuis's cross-examination that he is indeed the half-brother of accused killer Mohammad Shafia and that it isn't just the blood of a mother they share.
Mr. Shafia, his wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya and their eldest son Hamed are each pleading not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder in the June 30, 2009 drowning deaths of almost half their family, three teenage daughters and Mr. Shafia's other wife.
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