“Anjam Sami” Maria Sami’s brother, who had previously confessed to killing his sister, was arrested by Kirkuk police.
An 18-year-old “Anjam Sami ” killed his sister Iman Sami, known as Maria, in the city of Erbil on Sunday, March 7.
The killer was hiding after the crime and tried to justify the crime in a telephone conversation with one of the TV channels from his hiding place.
Maria’s brother’s Anjam Sami, after committing the murder, described his sister’s lifestyle and his reasons for killing her in a phone call with Kurdistan 24 TV.
In this thirteen-minute conversation, he confessed to the murder and said that he had been thinking about it for some time:
“I have been thinking about this for a while. I said that my sister will either return to the right path and if she does not return to the right path, she has no choice but to kill her.”
According to him, his sister “did not listen to the family” and “disgraced the family” with her activities on social networks.
Ajam Sami eventually killed the Sami faith with a shotgun and, according to him, by firing “7-8 bullets”.
Today, March 9, Kirkuk Police Chief Col. Kawa Gharib announced that his forces had arrested the main suspect in the murder of Maria Sami.
He also said that another person had been arrested on charges of hiding the main accused in a murder case.
Maria’s uncle had previously been arrested on charges of complicity in the murder of the female activist.
Maria Sami, who was forced to marry at the age of 14, lived alone after separating from her husband.
She was women’s rights defender and was also active on social media. Maria also had a pleasant voice, and her latest song, “I Will Never Forget,” was released on March 8, International Women’s Day, the day after she was killed.
Sohrab Rahmati, a lawyer representing the Kurdistan Region, says the killer will be sentenced to life in prison under Article 406 of the Iraqi Penal Code if his parents file a complaint. But according to the lawyer, most “honor killings” do not result in a complaint, in which case the killer is sentenced to three to five years in prison.
Maria is an example of the younger generation expressing and experiencing different lifestyles on social media. He is known as an influencer, and had more than fifty thousand followers in Tic Tac Toe. In his live broadcasts, he questioned the traditions of the society and defended the rights of homosexuals in Kurdistan and openly expressed his love interests.
Honor killings in Iraqi Kurdistan have become a dangerous social phenomenon. In the past two months, 15 women have been killed in the Kurdistan region. In the past 10 years, nearly 500 women have been murdered by their husbands, fathers, brothers and other relatives.