The trial for a Phoenix man who's also an Iraqi immigrant begins this month after he's been charged with killing his daughter because she'd become "too westernized."
Faleh Hassan Almaleki, 50, faces life in prison if convicted of running down his 20-year-old daughter Noor Almaleki with his Jeep. The incident left Noor in a coma for weeks after emergency back surgery. When she eventually died in November 2009, the case was considered an "honor killing."
Faleh Almaleki moved his family from Iraq to the Phoenix suburb of Glendale in the mid-1990s. He and Noor Almaleki had a tumultuous relationship, according to police and court records, and her close friends.
At 17, she refused to enter into an arranged marriage in Iraq, enraging her father, according to a court document filed by prosecutors.
At 19, Noor Almaleki moved into her own apartment and began working at a fast food restaurant but quit and left her new place when her parents kept showing up at her work, insisting that she return home, the document said.
Later in 2009, she moved into the home of her boyfriend and his parents, Reikan and Amal Khalaf, shortly after she showed up at their house and said her parents had hit her. Faleh Almaleki regularly harassed his daughter and the Khalafs, once telling Reikan Khalaf that if his daughter didn't move out of their home, "something bad was going to happen," the document said.
And then on Oct. 20, 2009, Noor Almaleki spotted her father when she and Amal Khalaf visited a Department of Economic Security office in Peoria. She sent text messages to a friend saying "Dude, my dad is here at the welfare office," "I'm so shaky," "I knew I shouldn't have woke up," and later: "I've honestly never met anyone with so much evil."
After hitting his daughter with his car, he sped off and left the country. He was later found and arrested.
"The investigation into these crimes revealed that the defendant was very angry with Noor for not living by traditional Iraqi values as she had, in his eyes, become too 'westernized' and brought dishonor on her family," prosecutors wrote in a court document.
Faleh is being charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and leaving the scene of a serious injury accident.
(H/T: Daily Mail)