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Jordan 'tough' on honour killer


A court in Jordan has sentenced a 23-year-old man to 10 years in jail for killing his sister.

The man was initially sentenced to death, but this was commuted to give him the chance to repent.

The court heard that he stabbed his sister 14 times and shot her repeatedly after her former husband accused her of having affairs.

Jordanians convicted of so called "honour killings" have previously been jailed for as little as six months.

Correspondents say the 10-year sentence underlines the authorities' determination to stamp out the crime.

Amnesty International says that last year 17 women were officially recorded as having been killed in "honour crimes" in Jordan.

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