Mom Gets Probation for Locking Up Daughter for Talking to a Boy
November 07, 2012
PHOENIX - Members of an Iraqi family in Arizona who beat a teenage relative and
padlocked her to a bed after she violated their traditional values by chatting to
a male friend were spared jail time in a plea deal approved by a county judge Tuesday.
In exchange for a guilty plea, Yusra Farhan, 51, was sentenced to two years’
probation on a charge of unlawful imprisonment of her daughter, 19-year-old Aiya
Altameemi, at the family’s Phoenix home in February, court officials said.
The young woman’s father, Mohammed Altameemi, also received two years’
probation for disorderly conduct, and her 18-year-old sister, Tabarak Altameemi,
received the same sentence for assault, officials said.
Iraqi Family Pleads Guilty in “Honor Beating”
by Angie Holdsworth
October 05, 2012
PHOENIX - A tearful victim desperately tried to defend her family members, who are
accused of tying her to a bed, beating her and holding a knife to her throat for
talking to a boy.
“I want my mom,” she told the judge. “I want to be with my family.”
Police reports alleged that the 19-year-old Iraqi’s mother, father, and younger
sister all participated in the beatings.
Her mother was arrested a back in February. Her father and sister were arrested
shortly after when police learned of a second incident where the victim was burned
with a hot spoon for refusing to agree to an arranged marriage.
New Details in Alleged “Honor Beating” of Phoenix Woman
by Marie Saavedra
February 15, 2012
PHOENIX -- Court documents released Thursday reveal new details in the case pitting Iraqi culture against Arizona law that has landed a Valley mother in jail again, as well as her husband and one of her daughters.
A week after Yusra Farhan was arrested for allegedly beating her teenage daughter she has been re-arrested, accused of burning the daughter for refusing to take part in an arranged marriage to a man twice her age.
According to a police account of an alleged incident on Feb. 7, the victim told school counselors and officers that her father attempted to kill her with a kitchen knife. She said he put the knife to her neck, cutting her and leaving a 1-inch to 1-1/2-inch cut on her lower neck.