Top Lebanon cleric issues fatwa banning honour killings

LEBANON'S top Shi'ite Muslim cleric
Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah overnight issued a fatwa, or religious
edict, banning so-called honour killings as repulsive acts that
contradict Islamic law.

“Honour killings are a repulsive act banned by
Sharia,” said Fadlallah, the spiritual leader of Shiite fundamentalists
whose influence extends beyond Lebanon.

Fadlallah said that he was issuing the edict amid reports of an
increase in the practice across the Arab world, particularly in
“Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon”.

He denounced “honour crimes in which men kill their sisters,
daughters or other (female) relatives on the pretext of committing acts
against decency and honour.

“Honour crimes are like any other crime which does not carry extenuating circumstances,” he said. 


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