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Sulaimani court hands down death sentence for man who killed wife in 2018 arson

A combined photo of deceased Sewan Qadr and her children (File)
2020-08-11

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SULAIMANI — The Judicial Court in Sulaimani on Tuesday (August 11) handed down a death sentence for Dyar Majeed, who was convicted of setting a fire a year and a half ago that killed his wife, Sewan Qadr, and three children.

Bnar Adil, a lawyer representing the interests of Qadir, spoke to NRT after the verdict and characterized the result as a “legal and accurate decision” based on proven evidence and testimony.

On December 16, 2018, Majeed set a fire to the house that he shared with Qadir, who was twenty-three-years-old at the time, and their three young children in Chamchamal.

The children, aged one, two, and five, died in the fire itself, but Qadir spent eight days in hospital being treated for severe burns before succumbing to her injuries.

The fatal arson grabbed headlines across the Kurdistan Region and received widespread condemnation.

Violence against women is common in the Kurdistan Region, with 120 women dying as a result of gender-based violence in 2019.

(NRT Digital Media)