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'Honour killing' pair convicted

Two cousins who became the first suspects ever extradited to Britain from Iraq have been jailed for life for the "honour killing" of a 20-year-old woman.

Mohammed Ali and Omar Hussain were found guilty of murdering Banaz Mahmod in January 2006 after she fell in love with a man disapproved of by her family.

Banaz, of Mitcham, Surrey, was subjected to an horrific assault, strangled, and stuffed in a suitcase found buried under a Birmingham patio three months later.

Ali was told he must serve at least 22 years behind bars and Hussain was given a minimum term of 21 years.

In a letter handed to police weeks before she died, Banaz had named Hussain and Ali as men "ready and willing to do the job of killing me".

Judge Brian Barker, the Common Serjeant of London, told them: "This was a barbaric and callous crime."


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