The gruesome details of life in the Shafia household, eventually leading to the murder of four innocent women, are now a matter of public record: three young women – Geeti, Sahar, and Zainab – and their “aunt” Rona (actually their father’s first wife who was unable to conceive) were brutally murdered for living like average Canadians. They wore makeup and styled their hair. They had boyfriends. They were constantly texting. And they refused to be oppressed by their father and brother, Mohammad and Hamed, and their “sick notion of honour” (in the words of Justice Robert Maranger).
For this they were plunged into their watery grave at the Kingston Locks. Mohammad, Hamed, Mohammad’s second wife Tooba, and three unnamed children went on living life without remorse, like nothing ever happened, occasionally giving a sob-story for the cameras.
These are the details which are now accepted as facts in the murder trial. Several media agencies have followed the case from start to finish and provided exceptional coverage, such as Michael Friscolanti in Maclean’s Magazine (
Yet the question remains: why are these convicted murderers, who were not Canadians citizens, allowed to enjoy the privilege of calling
Mohammad, born in
He brought his second wife and children. His first wife, committing fraud, told the Canadian government she was Mohammad’s cousin and live-in nanny, and was accepted to
We know what tragically happened next. The Shafia daughters embraced the Canadian way of life and desperately wanted out of their father’s and brother’s savage grasp. Their behaviour marked them as “whores” according to Mohammad, Hamed, and Tooba, and the stage was thus set for the family’s “honour” to be restored by killing the rebellious girls and the infertile first wife.
The Shafia trial spanned over 90 days, easily costing Canadians $1.8 million (considering a cost of $20,000 per day, the Canadian average for civil cases). Criminal trials can be cheaper or more expensive, depending on lawyer fees and the depth of the investigation and testimony given. The cost could also be astronomically higher if we knew the costs of calling specific witnesses, police investigations, or jury costs).
That’s not all. The trio, convicted of first degree murder, will serve their time in prison for at least 25 years without the possibility of parole. For the two men, their combined 50 years behind bars will cost us $2,983,050 ($59,661 per year).
For Tooba, that will cost us $2,840,250 ($113,610 per year – female prisoners are more expensive to house than men).
The total cost to Canadians: easily a whopping $7.62 million, for a bunch of criminal thugs who fraudulently came to
Remember, visas allow people to come to
Check and check. Get them out.
Geeti, Sahar, Zainab, and Rona embraced Canadian life and longed to escape Mohammad’s and Hamed’s oppression. They should forever be remembered as Canadians who paid the ultimate sacrifice to cherish
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