A Global Manhunt for a Father of a Young Murder Victim Leads '48 Hours Mystery' to Examine Honor Killings

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August 30th, 2012

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A GLOBAL MANHUNT FOR A FATHER OF A YOUNG MURDER VICTIM LEADS “48 Hours Mystery” TO EXAMINE HONOR KILLINGS

“A FAMILY’S HONOR” CAPS A DOUBLE FEATURE NIGHT

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Noor Almaleki in 2009 was a vivacious 20-year-old crossing a parking lot in suburban Phoenix when she and 43-year-old family friend, Amal Khalaf, were mowed down by a speeding SUV. The driver sped off though later was identified as Faleh Almaleki, Noor’s father. Noor died two weeks later. Khalaf survived.

As Troy Roberts reports in this updated edition of “A Family’s Honor,” the 49-year-old Faleh led police on an international manhunt, which ended in London. He was extradited to Arizona where investigators began unraveling the shocking details of what would lead a father to murder his daughter. Before the incident, the two had clashed over how the Iraq-born girl adapted to life in America. The father was concerned his daughter was too westernized and when she was 17, he took her to Iraq and put her into a forced marriage.

In 2011, Faleh Almaleki was tried for his daughter’s death, something his defense team claimed was an accident. However, prosecutors maintained it was a case of an honor killing – common in the Middle East, South Asia and North Africa – where a father believes a female has acted in a dishonorable manner and the only way to restore the family’s honor is to kill the woman.  Roberts reports on the case and how a jury handled the controversial issue of honor killings.

“Playing with Fire” (9:00 PM ET/PT) is the first part of the double feature and focuses on Peter Van Sant’s report on a case that had the makings of a Hollywood film – two men dead in a burned car, The Playboy Mansion, greed sex, murder, a path to Wall Street and a Ponzi scheme.

 
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