Onur Kandemir

Family murder in Etten-Leur: The police arrest father Onur Kandemir

Honour killing story

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Grandma, mother and two children
born: 1956, 1989, 2014, 2018
murdered: 28 March 2020
Residence: Etten-Leur
Origin: Dutchman with Turkish parents
Children: 2
Perpetrator: Onur Kandemir (33 years)
On Saturday 29 March 2020 around 18.15 the police found the lifeless bodies of retired Turkish interpreter Hikmet Kandemir (64), her daughter-in-law Gulcan Kandemir and her son Atakan Kandemir (6) and daughter Deniz Kandemir (2) in a house on the Dasseburcht in Etten-Leur.
Onur Kandemir
Suspect is Onur Kandemir, born and raised in Etten-Leur (33 years). According to local residents he is a friendly man and is said to have moved in with his mother a few months ago. An arrest warrant has been issued in which the authorities express their concern for the psychological well-being of this four-time murder suspect. Onur Kandemir would be a danger to others and to himself.

Rumours go around about domestic violence, a Turkish reporter sketches the following scenario: When Hikmet Kandemir's friends couldn't reach her, they sent a message to the son Onur Kandemir. In response he sent photographs of his mother, wife and children and wrote: "they're very sick, they can't talk (or speak)". The incident was immediately reported to the police. They entered the house and discovered four bodies and established that Onur Kandemir was no longer reachable by telephone and had probably fled.

A neighbour tells us that the houses have small walls and that she hasn't heard the children since Friday evening.

A meeting for local residents in Etten-Leur can unfortunately not be organised because of gathering bans imposed to limit the spread of the coronavirus. People who need it can therefore receive psychological help by telephone.

The family was known to the local mosque. The mosque also offered help and assistance.

On 31 March Onur Kandemir was arrested in Etten-Leur after he had been recognized by several people as the wanted murder suspect. The police hope that Onur Kandemir can give them more insight into his motives.

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Honour killing in Sana’a: 3 young men force their sister Esbah (16) to drink poison

Honour killing story

Esbah
born: 2004
murdered: ?
Residence: Sana'a
Origin: Yemen
Children: none
Perpetrator: her brothers (25, ?, ?) and father (?)
Yemen has not been a nice country for women to live in for many decades because of war, food shortages and old-fashioned guardianship laws. Yemeni women's organizations now advocate, following Syria's example, that honour killings should no longer be seen as a defensible circumstance, but rather as an aggravating circumstance in order to effectively combat this phenomenon and better protect young women against the honour-related violence of their partner, father, brothers or nephews.

"Abolish Guardianship Laws"
The plea to immediately remove the current guardianship laws from the penal code follows new shocking revelations in the murder case of 16-year-old Esbah from Sanaa who was poisoned and hanged by her brothers on their father's orders. The perpetrators refer to the guardianship laws and they trust that the judges will respect these laws and will therefore soon be imposing a low or even no punishment on them.

Feminist organisations point out that the European Union obliges the police and judiciary of the member states to prosecute all perpetrators in the case of an honour killing on the basis of the fair and true story in order to combat the phenomenon effectively because the low perceived chance of the perpetrators being caught by the authorities also plays a role in commissioning a murder in this case.

Reconstruction martyrdom Esbah
Local activists in the Sa'fan District near the Yemeni capital reported that some women present at Isbah's funeral noticed bruises on several parts of her body and reported this to the authorities.

When the police started investigating the case, they found very incriminating video footage and photographs on the brothers' mobile phones that prove that they actually assaulted and murdered their sister.

Torturing was done with an iron and withholding food before she was forced to drink pure spirit. The brothers forwarded the photographs of the beatings to each other and to their father, probably never thinking that the footage would ever be used as evidence against them in a court case where serious punishments would be demanded.

After Esbah's mother's death she is said to have been kept away from school education by her father and to have been busy gathering wood and farming.

The family claimed that Esbah hung herself of her own free will, but detectives don't believe that story.

In Yemen you can kill a woman without punishment if ...
After committing a gruesome murder, lying to detectives and embarrassing the nation internationally, the perpetrators asked the court not to punish them severely because Esbah, according to their stories, was in love with a man and therefore the murder would have to be condoned by judges under guardianship laws.

Forensic research shows that 16-year-old Esbah died as a virgin, in order to emphasize once again how much she was wronged by her own relatives.

Esbah, Maab and Samiha
Feminist organisations point out that the case of Esbah is not an isolated one and that Yemen has many similar cases of young women who have been horribly murdered by their relatives for honour-related reasons.

Feminist organizations hope that in the future women will be better protected against family members who commit honour crimes against them by abolishing guardianship laws.

Honour killings in Yemen, as in many other countries, should become an aggravating rather than a mitigating circumstance.

One of the brothers has already been released
The very incriminating footage and all the witness statements were not enough for the authorities in Sa'fan to detain one of the brothers and his wife any longer. The brother would have helped in the murder and his wife would have tried to justify the effects of the torture by spreading made-up stories.

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Top 3 Of The Worst Honour Killing Cover Ups In History

We consider helping people who complain on social media that authorities have covered up honour killings as our most important task because we believe that honour killings should always be dealt with by authorities in accordance with laws and regulations in order to combat the phenomenon.

Broad criminal prosecution in the case of an honour killing

European Union Judicial Directives require police and judicial authorities in member states to prosecute perpetrators of an honour killing on a broad scale

All persons who have played a role in the background of a murder, with the aim of restoring a violated sense of honour or making a scenario in which loss of face could occur an impossibility, should be presented to court by authorities without shame based on the true facts of the case.

As an organisation, we have 3 cases pending of whistleblowers who have made the public aware that authorities are protecting some perpetrators of an honour killing by systematically ignoring all evidence of an honour killing and multiple reports.

1. Narges Achikzei from Zeist (3770 days Dutch)

Narges Achikzei

On December 7, 2009, the beautiful Afghan student Narges Achikzei (23) is burned alive by Aryan Rostai, who is the sister of a friend of Narges her fiancé Haroen Mehraban in Zeist in The Netherlands.

Local residents say that the woman was married via an informal Muslim marriage and was already living with the man she was supposed to have officially married 2 weeks after the assassination.

Police and Justice knew Narges Achikzei and Haroen Mehraban because of their escalated legal conflict with Ralph Geissen, the woman’s ex-employer. Both parties filed charges.

The ex-employer accused Narges Achikzei, Haroen Mehraban and their lawyer Ruijzendaal of the consecration of an informal Muslim marriage, threat, fraud, extortion, making false declarations and defamation.

Narges Achikzei, Sahar Achikzei, Haroen Mehraban and their lawyer Ruijzendaal accused the former employer of stalking by email, defamation and slander because they claim that they do not know “Narges Mehraban and her husband” against whom at least 60 reports have been filed because of internet fraud.

A few weeks before the murder, however, the victims of the scammer N. Mehraban, who had gathered on the website ‘Against Internet Scamming’ , knew that the date of birth of the scammer Narges Mehraban was the same as the date of birth of Narges Achikzei because one of the victims had obtained the personal details of the bank via the local police.

A prosecutor even had an appointment with Narges Achikzei and her lawyer Ruijzendaal in his agenda to discuss their defamation case against her former employer at the time Narges Achikzei was liquidated.

Initially, an anonymous detective involved in the murder investigation honestly informed the media through a short interview at a radio station. He stated: “Female victim of an honour killing and because of corporate extortion!”

This quote is believed to have been adopted by several media companies and used as the basis for five news items in which the murder was matched with honour killing as a motive. Narges Achikzei’s family and friends logically reacted strongly to the news and contested that honour killing was the motive for the murder. According to her family and friends, Narges Achikzei was the happiest girl on earth and had only one enemy: her former employer Ralph Geissen.

Police spokesman Thomas Aling stated that he was familiar with the most frequently mentioned motives for the murder of Narges Achikzei such as honour killing, extortion of a company and a completely escalated legal conflict, but that a completely different motive such as a jealous love rival could also be a possibility.

On television, the authorities asked the population to help them find the right motive for the murder. It was explicitly stated that people did not have to call the police to point out the legal conflict in which Narges Achikzei was involved. A conflict that according to the police spokesperson had nothing to do with her islamic background.

Subsequently, Dutch investigators denied that in the initial phase of the murder investigation they had brought it to the attention of the media that Narges Achikzei was a victim of an honour killing. The team leader even swore on national television that there were no indications at all of sn honour killing and that Narges’family had nothing to do with it.

The team leader is even said to have told the commissioners of the murder that Narges Achikzei’s former employer is frustrating the murder investigation with his publications on the internet.

The  final judgments of the courts state that executor Aryan Rostai first visited Narges Achikzei’s parents who live a little further down the same street half an hour before the murder.

Because of the totally corrupt approach of the police force of Zeist and the Public Prosecution Service of The Netherlands, the murder of Narges Achikzei is now officially a murder without motive because executioner Aryan Rostai has contradicted jealousy in all court hearings and the most frequently mentioned motives such as honour killing, extortion of a company and a completely escalated legal conflict have not been discussed by the police and the Public Prosecution Service.

Executioner Aryan Rostai said she was not in love with Haroen Mehraban and said she was not jealous of Narges Achikzei. According to her lawyer Ausma, the Public Prosecutor could not substantiate the jealousy motive and so there must be something else going on.

Officers involved in Narges Achikzie’s escalated legal conflict subsequently felt insulted because Ralph Geissen warned everyone that officers at police Zeist deliberately covered up an honour killing and 60+ reports in order to cover up their own corrupt actions prior to the burning alive of Narges Achikzei. On the basis of an insulted officer’s report, the Public Prosecutor’s Office started a criminal case against Ralph Geissen for alleged defamation, slander and insulting officials in office. This criminal case will soon be brought before the Court of Appeal of Arnhem-Leeuwarden. Here you will find the subpoena from the Public Prosecution Service.

The Inspectorate for Justice and Security is of the opinion that the Court of Appeal can judge impartially, without any intervention on their part, whether this is the worst cover-up affair in our history or whether that this is a case of defamation, slander and insult of civil servants in office in accordance with the official statements of insulted police officers.

2. Saroj Mahila from Rajasthan (814 days India)

Saroj Mahila

On January 10, 2018, the body of a female policewoman named Saroj Mahila (24) is found under suspicious circumstances. She would have hanged herself according to the stories of her family.

According to her fiancé Hemant Mohanpuriya none of those stories are true and according to him Saroj did not want to cooperate in a forced marriage and was punished for it by her own family.

Because Saroj’s brothers also work for the police, Police Rajasthan did not investigate this case professionally, but dealt with the murder as if it were a suicide.

The victim Saroj had complained about her family to a Women’s Committee in Jaipur on 27 November 2017. Her family would have forced her to live with a man she was married to when she was just 2.5 years old.

Saroj refused to go with the man and declared that she wanted to marry a man of her own choice and asked for protection against her family.

The Women’s Committee had given her shelter in a hostel in Jaipur. A few days later her brother Shivlal, a head policeman, came to Jaipur and promised the authorities that they would not force her into a relationship.

On December 12, 2017, Saroj was sent home with her brother. On January 10, 2018 she was found hanging from the ceiling fan of her house in the presence of her family.

Saroj’s brother had filed a complaint against Hemant Mohanpuriya for so-called defamation, slander and insult because Hemant referred to them in a report and on the internet as being responsible for the murder.

The chairman of the Justice Committee Prakash Tatia decided in October 2019 that the Indian government should pay a symbolic compensation of USD 1,500 to whistleblower Hemant Mohanpuriya as a token of appreciation for his relentless efforts to obtain justice for the victim and the hardships he experienced because of the actions of the police.

3. Deeksha Gupta from Up (231 days India)

Deeksha Gupta

Deeksha Gupta (24) studied at a university and was in love with one of her classmates. The love was mutual and they wanted to marry each other.

Both of them talked to their parents about the marriage plans. The boy’s parents agreed, but the girl’s parents did not want it. They were totally against their love. Deeksha often tried to convince them of the importance of wanting to marry a man of her own choice, but they did not agree and told her that she should not have any more contact with that boy.

When Deeksha’s parents and other family members discovered in February 2019 that Deeksha was still in contact with that boy, they locked Deeksha in their home. They forced her to leave her studies and research projects behind and she was not allowed to contact others in any way.

Deeksha did not agree to break up with her boyfriend. Then family members decided to kill her. They had a license for a gun. On August 16, Deeksha was shot twice.

When the neighbors came to the sound of gunshots, Deeksha was lying dead on the ground. Neighbors were told that the girl committed suicide, but how can someone commit suicide by shooting herself twice? Then they asked their neighbors to help and protect them from the police and the media.

The neighbours listened. Nobody called the police. Instead they went to her cremation, two hours after her murder. They didn’t have dry wood for the cremation, so they used gasoline for it and the unburnt remains were thrown into a river to destroy all the evidence.

Due to attention through social media the police somehow got in touch with the family, but by then it was already too late. Family members reacted as if nothing serious had happened, the girl suffered from Diarrhoea and she died from it. So it is a natural death and no criminal case will be opened. They had collected all kinds of false documents about her illness. 

Conclusion: cover-up culture and favouritism

The reasons why officials at the police and the Public Prosecution Service sometimes choose to secretly deal with an honour killing in the legal sense as if it were a suicide, family tragedy or crime of passion are probably related to (political) influence from above, widespread corruption, high work pressure and a cover-up culture.

If potential perpetrators of an honour killing know that they live in a country with authorities that turn a blind eye to the issue, the number of honour killings in that country will increase because of the low perceived chance of being caught.

The main objective of the EU in issuing the Judicial Directive to ensure that all perpetrators of honour killings are always broadly prosecuted is to reduce the number of honour killings within the EU.

If authorities within the EU comply with laws and regulations and always prosecute in a broad way in the case of honour killings, then the perceived chances of the perpetrators being caught will increase and it cannot be excluded that some may even refrain from committing an honour killing because broad prosecution of the entire group of perpetrators will bring them a whole mountain of misery that they do not want.

We fight for justice for the victims of honour killings and because the police act as our opponent, it is not unusual for cover-up affairs to drag on for many years before authorities finally admit that they have covered up an honour killing in accordance with all the accusations, apologise and deal with the murder in accordance with the law and regulations.

Help us investigate cover-ups

Do you know of any honour killing that has been covered up by authorities and that is even worse than the cases in our list? Then contact us and we will see how we can do justice to the victims in that case.

Honour killing story: Martina Kreutzer (2011)

Honour killing story

Martina Kreutzer
born: 1987
stabbed: 24 January 2011
Residence: Krefeld
Origin: Victim: Germany; Perpetrator: Turkey
Children: 2 (18 months, 3 years)
Offender: her partner Sinan Emre (21 years old, born in Germany)
Round 2006 Martina and Sinan (who were born in Krefeld and have Turkish parents) get to know each other at school. They have two children together. There is a lot of quarrel, probably also physical abuse. That is why Martina decides in early 2011 to put her partner outside the door of her home.

On January 21 she goes to her mother for coffee. Then she comes back to see if Sinan has kept his appointment and has moved. But he is still there. The two start arguing. When Sinan's mother's partner calls to see if everything is okay, she asks him to come immediately. Then the connection is broken.

Sinan stabbed Martina 20 times with a butcher's knife. She drags herself into the stairwell and falls. There she is found by her mother's boyfriend. Shortly after, she dies in the hospital. The perpetrator is caught in front of his parents' house.

After the first denials he confesses the crime and indicates that he has drug problems. Among other things, he has a criminal record for a robbery. The fact that he makes no effort to find a regular job would also have been the reason for the quarrel.

The children of Martina and Sinan are brought to their grandparents.

In July 2011 Sinan was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment. The reason given is his very low intelligence.

The prosecution can’t say anything about the case because the suspect is in restraints. She does confirm that the man lived in the apartment. He’s being held for the time being.

Testimony 31 in murder case pregnant woman strangled and burned in Haarlem

Civil servant
The prosecution can't say anything about the case because the suspect is in restraints. She does confirm that the man lived in the apartment. He's being held for the time being.

No, yes, of course there is a suspicion that it might have something to do with gas, but we don’t know that for sure either, so the colleagues of the police are also going to investigate this case.

Testimony 30 in murder case pregnant woman strangled and burned in Haarlem

Fire department
Around 11 o'clock tonight we received a message at the emergency center of the city that there might have been an explosion here in the flat behind us. When the fire brigade arrived it soon became clear that it was a pretty fierce fire on the second floor. The fire brigade immediately started to put out the fire. In the meantime, we evacuated all the houses around it. In the meantime, the fire has gone out and the residents have been taken care of elsewhere in a neighbourhood centre and we are currently checking all the houses on construction etcetera.

Is there something to be said about a cause: "No, yes, of course there is a suspicion that it might have something to do with gas, but we don't know that for sure either, so the colleagues of the police are also going to investigate this case.

Has to do with new refreshing cultures. It’s strange that 98% of these cases come from certain cultures… and I’m not talking about the sober Dutch culture.

Testimony 29 in murder case pregnant woman strangled and burned in Haarlem

Citizen
@NHNieuws Has to do with new refreshing cultures. It's strange that 98% of these cases come from certain cultures... and I'm not talking about the sober Dutch culture.

It’s bad enough without tweets about where they’re from! Just yelling things… and parrot each other!!

Testimony 28 in murder case pregnant woman strangled and burned in Haarlem

Citizen
@NHNews It's bad enough without tweets about where they're from! Just yelling things... and parrot each other!!

Terrible what a sickly mind this man must have. Can’ t be helped. And on the tv channel ID you see a lot of sickly psychopaths.

Testimony 27 in murder case pregnant woman strangled and burned in Haarlem

Citizen
@NHNews Terrible what a sickly mind this man must have. Can' t be helped. And on the tv channel ID you see a lot of sickly psychopaths.

@NHNews Always name it! Dutchman or in this case Afghan. We need to know where the danger comes from. In this day and age from this kind of circles… (people who are culturally and emotionally quick to reach for knives)

Testimony 26 in murder case pregnant woman strangled and burned in Haarlem

Citizen
@NHNews Always name it! Dutchman or in this case Afghan. We need to know where the danger comes from. In this day and age from this kind of circles... (people who are culturally and emotionally quick to reach for knives)