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Jordanian jailed for killing sister over sex images

world Updated: Jun 30, 2010 15:46 IST

A Jordanian man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing his married sister two years ago after seeing mobile phone images showing her having sex, a court official said on Wednesday.

"The court jailed him on Tuesday for stabbing his 29-year-old sister 30 times after the man she had an affair with showed him the images in an attempt to blackmail him" in 2008 in the eastern province of Mafraq, the official said.

"Her brother, 27, got enraged and killed the woman. He turned himself in and confessed to the crime to cleanse his family's honour."

The court convicted the other man of incitement to murder and sentenced him to 15 years in jail, the official said.

Murder is punishable by death in Jordan but in so-called "honour killings" courts can commute or reduce sentences, particularly if the victim's family asks for leniency. Between 15 and 20 women are murdered in honour killings each year in the kingdom, despite government efforts to curb such crimes.