Family gets probation for 'honor beating' of daughter

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by Andrew Michalscheck

Video report by Crystal Cruz

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 7 at 9:31 AM

PHOENIX -- An Iraqi family arrested for beating their teenage daughter will be spending the next two years on probation.

On Tuesday, Yusra Farhan was given two years supervised probation with domestic violence terms for unlawful imprisonment, while Mohammed Altameemi received two years of supervised probation with domestic violence terms for disorderly conduct.

The couple’s other daughter, Tabarak Altameemi, also received two years supervised probation with domestic violence terms for assault.

Aiya Altameemi’s family was arrested back in February after Aiya told counselors at her school that she had beaten for talking to a boy.

Aiya said her father had cut her lower neck, while her mother had her sisters hold her down as she taped Aiya’s mouth and bound her hands and body with rope.

During their investigation, police discovered that last November Tabarak had held Aiya down while Farhan burned Aiya on her face and chest with a hot spoon. The family was said to be upset because Aiya wanted out of an arranged marriage with a 38-year-old man.

Despite the abuse, Aiya has defended her family by claiming that their behavior is acceptable in Iraqi culture.

Farhan, Mohammed and Tabarak all entered guilty pleas in the case in early October.

 

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