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 Pregnant Kurdish woman murdered by husband wanting second wife in Iraqi Kurdistan

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Pregnant Kurdish woman murdered by husband wanting second wife in Iraqi Kurdistan  6.12.2010  

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December 6, 2010

CHAMCHAMAL, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — On a recent evening, the sound of bullets that Peshtiwan Mohammed had fired at his wife, Layla Hussein, echoed over the small neighborhood of Pir Yadiyakan in Iraq's north. Nine of the bullets slammed into Layla Hussein, killing both her and the baby in her womb.

“Her hands were hit by bullets,” said Layla Hussein’s mother, Sadriya Mohammed, from Pir Yadiyakan in Chamchamal city, west of Sulaimaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan. “It seems that she had begged her husband not to kill her,”

Ms. Mohammed’s husband disappeared during the genocidal Anfal campaign against Kurds in which Iraqi authorities killed approximately 180,000 Kurdish civilians, mostly villagers. As a widow she raised her children in great hardship, only now to see one of them, Layla Hussein, cruelly killed by Peshtiwan Mohammed.

Ms. Mohammed is not certain yet why her daughter was killed, but she said Layla Hussein had talked of quarrels with her husband.                                  

A Pregnant Layla Hussein was shot dead by her husband in Iraqi Kurdistan.
"She said to me: 'Peshtiwan keeps fighting with me. He says he wants to have a second wife,'" said Ms. Mohammed, who added she is now convinced her daughter was killed because her husband wanted to marry another woman.

Peshtiwan Mohammed, a soldier in the Iraqi army serving in central Iraq, married Layla Hussein in 2003. They had had three children together and Layla Hussein was five months pregnant with their fourth.

"After coming back from work, Peshtiwan used to roam around the town in his car,” said Peshtiwan Mohammed's brother, Ahmad Mohammed. “I knew he was in a relationship with another girl, but didn’t know exactly who she was,”

Mohammed, who has seen the coroner’s report on Layla Hussein’s death, said Peshtiwan Mohammed had taken Layla Hussein to hospital 25 minutes after her death,
www.ekurd.netas he knew she would not be able to make any statement to the authorities.

Her family reiterated that the only reason for her death was because Peshtiwan Mohammed wanted to marry another woman but faced severe opposition from Layla Hussein.

But Lieutenant Jalal Mohammed, a police officer at Shorsh police station in Chamchamal, rejects these claims.

“It’s a completely baseless claim to say Layla Hussein was killed because her husband wanted to marry another woman,” said Lt. Mohammed. “The couple was having social and family problems, and Peshtiwan has now been detained.”

He said Layla Hussein’s murder was the first case of the intentional killing of a woman in Chamchamal this year.

Layla Hussein’s younger sister, Amira Hussein, says she is shocked how her sister’s and Peshtiwan Mohammed’s life together ended up in murder.

“They had a very good life," said Ms. Hussein, who was dressed in black. "They did not lack anything.”

Ms. Hussein said that, after her sister’s death, she had lost her confidence in all men.

"Men don’t seem to be afraid to kill,” she said.

Layla Hussein’s mother said she wanted life imprisonment for Peshtiwan Mohammed.

“He has given me pain that will stay with me until death,” she said. “I raised my daughters in such misery and hardship and now I have had my daughter taken away from me. I will never forgive that man."
   
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