The following remarks were made to the court on Sunday by Mr. Justice Robert Maranger:
You have each been convicted of the planned and deliberate murder of four members of your family.
It is difficult to conceive of a more despicable, more heinous crime.
The apparent reason behind these cold-blooded shameful murders was that the four completely innocent victims offended your twisted notion of honour, a notion of honour that is founded upon the domination and control of women, a sick notion of honour that has absolutely no place in any civilized society.
There is nothing more honourless than the deliberate murder of, in the case of Mohammad Shafia, three of his daughters and his wife, in the case of Tooba Yahya, three of her daughters and a stepmother to all her children, in the case of Hamed Shafia, three of his sisters and a mother.
For these crimes, for these murders, the sentence is mandatory as set out in the Criminal Code of Canada: imprisonment without eligibility of parole for a period of 25 years and that’s the sentence of the court for each of you.
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