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There's money to be made

Though theyre called honour killings, theyre actually plain murders, and the latest high-profile example of one these ghoulish killings to preserve family honour or good name is the case of Surjit Athwal.


She disappeared in 1998 after going on a family trip from her home in west London to India.

The police and other authorities have been waking up to these killings in recent years, but in this case its taken nine years to bring her killers to justice. Yesterday the Old Bailey gave Surjits husband and her mother-in-law long prisoin terms for Surjits murder. They had, the court heard, cold-bloodedly strangled her before dumping her body in a river.

Listen to her amazingly level-headed brother talk on the " watch him on YouTube.

Whatever happens on this case, its pretty obvious that private contractors have got to be held accountable. Governments must regulate these companies. I wouldnt want a cowboy operator to fix my tap or check my car. Why allow them to fight our wars?

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