Abdel-Qader Ali killed his daughter after he learned that she had fallen in love with a British solider, even though she was still a virgin and did little more than admit infatuation. Her brothers helped him kill her. According to father, police congratulated and released him. His only regret? That he did not kill Rand Abdel-Qader, 17, as a baby.
Abdel-Qader Ali gives an insight into the society that we are fighting to preserve in Iraq. When asked about any regrets, he said: “If I had realised then what she would become, I would have killed her the instant her mother delivered her.”
A government employee, Abedel-Qader, 46, gave the shocking interview sitting in his garden as a free man.
His daughter was studying English at Basra University when she met a British soldier while she worked as a volunteer for displaced families.
When her father learned that she had been seen in public with the soldier, known only as Paul, he choked her to death with the help of her brothers. Her mother had actually called her brothers Hassan, 23, and Haydar, 21, to restrain Abdel-Qader but they ended up helping him kill her instead.
When they dumped her body, her uncles spat on her grave and the father later said: “Death was the least she deserved, I don’t regret it. I had the support of all my friends who are fathers, like me, and know what she did was unacceptable to any Muslim that honours his religion.”
Abdel-Qader, a Shia, says that the police supported and “The officers were by my side during all the time I was there, congratulating me on what I had done.”
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