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‘Honor Killer’ Cut Off Victim’s Penis – In Austria

From those defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

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‘Honor killer’ cut off victim’s penis

VIENNA, Austria (AP) — Austrian authorities said Thursday they arrested an elderly Turkish-born man suspected of fatally shooting a younger Turkish associate and slicing off the victim’s penis in what investigators called an “honor killing.”

Police in the town of Wimpassing in the province of Lower Austria made the arrest shortly after the Wednesday night slaying, and said the suspect — described only as a 76-year-old native Turk — did not resist.

Officials said witnesses claimed the man allegedly shot the victim, a 58-year-old Turkish-born man, in the street with a shotgun at point-blank range and then cut off his penis with a knife, leaving him to bleed to death.

Two teams of surgeons worked at the scene to save the man but were unable to revive him, authorities said.

Investigators believe the suspect apparently was jealous that the younger man had flirted with his wife, and had sought him out as “a question of honor,” said Franz Polzer, head of the region’s criminal investigations office…

It was the first known attack of its kind in Austria, which is home to about 200,000 Turks — Europe’s third-largest Turkish expatriate population after Germany and France…

Well, this is a bit of a switch.

Clearly neither sex is immune to being murdered and mutilated for “honor.”

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, October 11th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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