Criminal prosecutor charges man with allegedly stabbing his sister to death

Other News Materials 30 October 2008 22:24 (UTC +04:00)

Jordan's criminal prosecutor has charged a 25-year-old man with premeditated murder for allegedly stabbing his sister to death last week, the Associated Press reported.

Prosecutor Tareq Shqeirat says the man allegedly stabbed his 19-year-old sister 30 times with a dagger Saturday.

Shqeirat says the man surrendered to police and told them he was cleansing his family's honor.

The names of the man and his sister have not been released. The prosecutor says the man told authorities he decided to kill his newly married sister after allegedly seeing images of her engaging in sexual acts with her lover on a cell phone.

An average of 20 Jordanian women are murdered annually in so-called honor killings.