UPDATE: Here are the phone numbers that will get us in touch with the judge & prosecution: (thanks to spirit of 1776)
Case # CR 2009-007938-001 Defendant: Faleh H. Almaleki
Judge Ronald Steinle 602-506-7893
State Prosecutor/Court Atty. 602-506-3411
State prosecutor Stephanie Low said Almaleki admitted purposefully running down his daughter." -- "'By his own admission, this was an intentional act and the reason was that his daughter had brought shame on him and his family,' Low said. 'This was an attempt at an honor killing.'"
Noor Almaleki was the murder victim in an Islamic honor killing. In November 2009, her Muslim father deliberately ran her over with his car, backed up, then ran her over again. She hung on for weeks. She succumbed. She did not submit.
Honor killing should be a capital crime. Islamic honor killing is on the rise in the West, a gruesome gallery. Honor killings in the West should be stamped out, not sanctioned. They should be dealt with in the harshest terms.
But we hear a plea deal is being negotiated for the cold-blooded Muslim who murdered his beautiful daughter for being too Americanized. He ran her over with a car, backed up and ran her over again. A plea deal.
Is acceptance of Islamic gender apartheid seeping its way into the American culture? Is the worth of a female in America beginning to mimic that of Muslim countries?
A plea deal.
Is the prosecution afraid they may insult Islam if they bring this honor killing case to trial? Is this more sharia enforcement in American courts?
Faleh Hassan Almaleki should have been given the death penalty, but he cried "racism" when it was being considered. Islam is not a race, and he murdered his daughter. His lawyer said at the time:
"An open process provides some level of assurance that there is no appearance that a Christian is seeking to execute a Muslim for racial, political, religious or cultural beliefs," Little wrote, referring to County Attorney Andrew Thomas' Christian faith.
A Muslim father runs over and kills his daughter with his car because she wasn't Muslim enough, but justice cannot be served because that would be "Christian" "islamophobia." We can't seek the death penalty "for racial, political, religious or cultural beliefs," but he can kill his daughter for his religious and political (sharia) beliefs.
Prosecutors said Almaleki has admitted killing his daughter because she disgraced the family by not following traditional Muslim values.
Faleh Hassan Almaleki should be executed. Instead, they are talking a plea deal.
Noor Almaleki with friends at her 20th and final birthday party in February 2009.
Noor's last moments:
Noor Almaleki typed a text message to a friend.Noor Almaleki was a 20-year-old college student who had dreams of becoming a fashion model.
"Dude," she wrote at 1:06 p.m. last October 20, "my dad is here at the welfare office."
Noor, 20, hadn't seen her father, Faleh, since moving out of the family home in Glendale months earlier.
His presence both startled and alarmed her. She knew he wouldn't rest until he'd regained complete control of her life.
Noor was the firstborn of Faleh and Seham Almaleki's seven children. Her first name means "light of God."
The Almalekis had moved to the United States from Iraq when Noor was 4.
Noor was thoroughly assimilated into American culture but kept in touch with her Iraqi roots (she was fluent in Arabic) and considered herself a Muslim, the same religion as her parents.
But she had moved away from her parents in early 2009 (not for the first time) after another blowup over how she was living her life — tight jeans, makeup, boyfriends, modeling photos, and an attitude that screamed independence and self-determination.
The clashes escalated in 2008 after Noor, then 18, left her marriage to an older cousin in Iraq — her father had "arranged" it — and returned to the Phoenix area.
Amal was there to complete a change-of-address form for welfare benefits. She, too, is Iraqi by birth but moved to the States only about a decade ago, and her proficiency in English was such that Noor came along to help translate.
Noor had lived at Amal's residence since leaving her parents' home after the latest fracas.
It was bad enough that she was staying with Amal, whom Faleh and his wife, Seham, had known for years and considered unfit as a mother and wife (she was separated from her husband at the time).
Noor's boyfriend, Amal's 19-year-old son, Marwan Alebadi, also lived there, and the Almalekis — particularly Noor's father — were enraged and shamed by the situation.
From their perspective, a man's daughters are his property, and they must live with him until he decides otherwise.
Females who stray from the fold — or are perceived to have strayed — are considered guilty of dishonoring their clans. To Faleh Almaleki, there was nothing worse.
The alleged wrongdoing often revolves around sexual "immorality," but not always.
Riffat Hassan, a retired University of Louisville professor and expert on the Koran, writes, "Muslim culture has reduced many, if not most, women to the position of puppets on a string, to slave-like creatures whose only purpose in life is to cater to the needs and pleasures of men."
The Almalekis were proud members of that "Muslim culture."
By moving in with Marwan and Amal, Noor Almaleki had made it clear that she would not be her father's puppet, his "slave-like" creature.
She was determined to live how, and with whom, she wished.
Some cultures, including the Almalekis', endorse ancient methods of "cleansing" a family's supposedly tarnished name — with the blood of its daughters, sisters, and wives.
In India, Hindu and Sikh brides are sometimes slain because their dowries are considered inadequate, the U.N. Children's Fund reports.
In Islamic Middle Eastern countries, there's a name for the homicides of women by male family members: "honor killings."
These murders of loved ones often are committed with knives, machetes, or bare hands.
Victims have been tied up and buried alive. According to news accounts, the father and grandfather of a 16-year-old Islamic girl in Turkey did just that a few months ago after someone reported seeing her talking with boys.
No one can say exactly how many "honor killings" occur, but anecdotal evidence (from media accounts and government data) suggests that hundreds of Muslim women and girls die this way every year.
Such killings by Muslim immigrant men are reported in Western nations, as well: Five were accused of murdering female kin in the United States from the start of 2008 until October 20, 2009.
That was the day Faleh Almaleki, an unemployed 48-year-old trucker with no criminal record, took a grim step toward adding himself to that list of accused "honor" murderers.
Noor sent a second text message after her father stepped into the DES office, this one to her best friend, Ushna Khan.
"Dude, I'm so scared. Shit," she wrote. "At the welfare place, and guess who walks in? My dad!!! I'm so shaky!"
"Holy shit, did he see you?" Ushna quickly responded.
"I don't think so," Noor typed. "His fat ass is right by the door so I can't even leave. I'm laughing like a crazy person. I hate when this happens to me. I knew I shouldn't have [woken] up."
"Oh dear, that's awkward," Ushna said. "What's up with your parents, anyway?"
"My dad is a manipulative asshole," Noor replied. "I've honestly never met anyone . . . so evil."
Amal Khalaf watched as Faleh took a number at the counter and then sat near her and Noor.
Faleh was on his own cell phone around the time that his daughter was texting. He spent five minutes speaking with his oldest son, Ali, 18 months younger than Noor.
Minutes after he arrived, Faleh left the DES office without comment.
At 1:32, Noor sent a final text to Ushna in which she appeared more relaxed.
"What time do you get out of work?" Noor asked her friend. "Are you going to have time [to meet]?"
Amal's number finally got called, and she and Noor stepped up to a counter to take care of business. That took several minutes.
Amal had parked her van near the front door, in a crowded lot the DES shares with a popular Mexican restaurant about 100 yards west.
But Amal remained wary of Faleh. She knew how angry he was with her for allowing Noor to move into her home.
Their families once had been friendly, in Iraq and then in the States. Amal Khalaf had baby-sat the Almalekis' young children when Seham was working.
But any good feelings evaporated after Noor moved in with Marwan and Amal.
Amal wanted to scope out the parking lot for Faleh and his 2000 silver-gray Jeep Cherokee before leaving the DES office with Noor.
Noor didn't seem as worried.
She said her dad might spit on her if he had the chance — nothing more.
The coast looked clear, so they headed for Amal's van. But Amal soon discovered that she had locked her keys inside the vehicle.
She and Noor retreated to the DES office to regroup. Amal called her son and asked him to bring by a spare key from home, about 20 minutes away.
It was a sunny, 85-degree day, and Amal wanted to wait just outside the front door of the DES office.
But Noor was thirsty. She suggested they go to the nearby Mexican restaurant for a cold drink. The pair walked west along the sidewalk next to the office and started across the lot.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Amal saw a vehicle coming right at them. She lifted her hands in defense, as if to stop the inevitable.
In that moment, she could see Faleh Almaleki behind the wheel.
The Jeep smashed into the women.
It dragged Noor across a curbed median and left her splayed on the pavement, unconscious and bleeding.
The impact hurled Amal Khalaf about 27 feet. She suffered a broken pelvis, broken femur, and myriad cuts and bruises, but she remained conscious.
Peoria police later estimated that the SUV was moving as fast as 30 miles per hour.
Faleh sped out of the parking lot and turned west on Peoria Avenue.
Noor was barely alive, having suffered massive brain and spinal injuries, as well as many broken bones.
Within minutes of Faleh's fleeing the bloody scene, he spoke by cell phone to his wife, to son Ali, and to at least two other members of his extended family.
Cell-tower records show that he called his cousin, Jamil Almaleki, less than an hour after the assaults and about half a mile from Jamil's Phoenix home.
It's uncertain whether Faleh stopped there on his way out of town, to get the extra clothes and money he had when authorities finally caught up with him.
Another possibility is that Faleh packed the clothes and money, days' worth of insulin to treat his diabetes, and his U.S. passport (he had recently become a naturalized citizen) before driving to the DES office — which would indicate a well-planned attack.