AZ judge sentences Iraqi refugees to 2-year probation for beating girl

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Phoenix, AZ, United States (4E) – An Arizona judge on Tuesday sentenced to two years probation three Iraqi refugees for beating up their female family member in February because she talked with a man.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Joseph Kreamer meted the sentence to Yusra Farhan, 51, her husband, Mohammed Altameemi, 46, and the couple’s daughter, Tabarak Altameemi, 18. They pleaded guilty in October to disorderly conduct, unlawful imprisonment and domestic violence, and misdemeanor assault.

The couple and their daughter beat up another daughter, Aiya Altameemi, 20, on Feb. 6 at their home near 35th and Myrtle avenues in Phoenix. The couple and their daughter, who were later arrested, defended their actions citing Iraqi culture forbidding women from talking with men.

The victim reported the beating to officials of the school where she was studying. Aiya said in her affidavit that her parents and sister were trying to protect her virginity as she was arranged to be married to a 38-year-old man.

The father had admitted to police that he tried to kill his daughter and that he wanted to punish her for violating their culture.

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