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German jail term for father of 'honour killing' victim

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A German court on Monday handed down a six-and-a-half year jail term to a Kurdish man whose son gunned down his sister in a so-called "honour killing" that shocked Germany.

The regional court in the western German city of Detmold found 53-year-old Fendi Ozmen guilty of complicity to murder, grievous bodily harm and wrongful imprisonment after Arzu, his 18-year-old daughter, was murdered.

The son, Osman, kidnapped his sister from the apartment of her German boyfriend in November 2011.

After a 10-week search that sparked intense media interest, she was found near the northern city of Hamburg with two bullet wounds to the head.

Osman admitted shooting his sister and was sentenced to life imprisonment in May.

The victim's sister, Sirin, and another brother, Kirer, received 10 years behind bars for kidnapping, wrongful imprisonment and complicity to murder.

Two other brothers, Elvis and Kemal, are serving five-and-a-half-year terms for kidnapping and wrongful imprisonment.

The family, originally from eastern Turkey, belongs to the traditional Yazidi group and could not accept that Arzu was with a man from outside the community, which numbers about 60,000 in Germany.

Presiding judge Michael Reineke said there was no proof that Fendi Ozmen had incited other members of the family to kill his daughter but did not do enough to prevent it.

"The rest is already serious enough," he told the court, according to local news agency DPA.

There are no official figures available on "honour killings" in Germany.

A Berlin-based group that seeks to help young women and girls threatened with violence or forced marriage, Papatya, has said 45 known cases occurred in the country from 1996 to 2004.

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