Judge Thomas Kelm explained his lenient sentence by saying: “The victim insulted him before the crime, that is a violation of his honor.”
Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. The Palestinian Authority gives pardons or suspended sentences for honor murders. Iraqi women have asked for tougher sentences for Islamic honor murderers, who get off lightly now. Syria in 2009 scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but “the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour ‘provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.’” And in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that “Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values.” In Iran, according to the New York Times, the legal system “treats parents who murder their children with relative leniency, as the maximum sentence for the crime is only ten years.”
Why is Kelm adopting Islamic values in Germany, rather than holding Alim K. accountable for violating German values? If this keeps up, what will Germany look like in ten or twenty years?
“Why is my daughter’s killer not a murderer?,” translated from “Warum ist der Killer meiner Tochter kein Mörder?,” by Sebastian Prengel, Bild, November 26, 2021 (thanks to Medforth):
Dortmund – Alim K. (24) ambushed his pregnant ex-girlfriend with the knife.
Then the student stabbed her 76 times, killing Juvy-Ann (22) and their unborn child.
But for Judge Thomas Kelm, this act was not murder, only manslaughter. Yesterday the killer was sentenced to ten years imprisonment by the Dortmund Regional Court (NRW); he can apply for parole after serving two-thirds of the sentence.
The victim’s parents were stunned by the mild sentence. The mother collapsed crying in the courtroom.
The victim’s father, Hans Joachim F., said in tears to BILD: “A bank robber gets the same punishment. And here someone butchers my daughter and may get out of jail before he’s thirty. How can that be?”
The judge’s reasoning: Alim K. had acted in the heat of the moment and was not in control of himself. Heat of passion? As a reminder: Alim K. stabbed a total of 76 times.
Judge Kelm explained: “The victim insulted him before the crime, that is a violation of his honor. Only then did he go berserk and pull out the knife he had brought with him.”
And: “She opposed him, did not put up with everything in the relationship. Finally: “It was also a crime against himself. Because he wanted the child.”
Damn much understanding for a brutal killer.