LONDON – Two Kurdish men have been jailed for life by a London court for murdering a relative because her family disapproved of her boyfriend.
Mohammed Ali and Omar Hussain were found guilty of murdering 20-year-old Banaz Mahmod in January 2006. The woman was strangled, stuffed in a suitcase and buried in a back garden in Birmingham on her father's orders for becoming involved with a man of whom he did not approve.
The two cousins, both 28, fled to Iraq after the murder but were extradited to Britain.
Ali must serve at least 22 years and Hussain was given a minimum term of 21 years. Judge Brian Barker told the cousins Wednesday they committed a "barbaric and callous crime."
Mahmod's father was given a life sentence in 2007 for ordering the killing.