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Startling revelations from relatives as Shafia trial jury deliberates
by Christie Blatchford
One of Tooba Mohammad Yahya's sisters and her husband fully endorse the notion of honour-killing. The startling revelation is contained in a Saturday story in Montreal's La Presse, written by columnist Michele Ouimet, who interviewed the couple in Kabul two months ago.
As news of the story rocketed about the near-empty Kingston courthouse where jurors in the notorious Shafia murder trial are deliberating, the jurors were completing their first full day of work. They retired late Friday, and have now spent 11 hours in their jury room. They are sequestered, always accompanied by two court constables, kept away from radio, TV, newspaper and web reports of any kind and stay overnight as a group at a local hotel.
Ouimet's front-page story was headlined: "Perdre filles, et avoir péché trois fois", a quote from Yahya herself. It translates in English as, "to lose three daughters and have sinned three times."
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