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  • >> EVEN NOW, IT IS TERRIFYING TO
  • IMAGINE WHAT THEY MUST HAVE BEEN
  • THINKING.
  • IT WAS THE LAST DAY OF
  • JUNE 2009, THE END OF A LONG DAY
  • AND A LONG DRIVE.
  • AS THE CAR MOVED CLOSER TO THE
  • WATER, DID THEY KNOW WHAT WAS
  • ABOUT TO HAPPEN?
  • DID THEY STRUGGLE?
  • DID THEY SCREAM?
  • WERE THEY EVEN ALIVE?
  • [WATER SPLASHING]
  • >> IT WASN'T UNTIL DAYLIGHT THAT
  • THE BODIES OF THE SHAFIA WOMEN
  • ARE FOUND.
  • THERE WERE FOUR OF THEM.
  • THREE SISTERS AND A WIFE, WOMEN
  • WHO FOR MONTHS, EACH IN HER OWN
  • WAY, HAD BEEN STRUGGLING TO BE
  • FREE.
  • >> THIS IS A GOOD DAY FOR
  • CANADIAN JUSTICE.
  • OUR DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY PROTECTS
  • THE RIGHTS OF ALL.
  • >> THE CONVICTION WHEN IT CAME
  • TWO-AND-A-HALF YEARS LATER WAS A
  • RELIEF.
  • A FATHER, A MOTHER, A BROTHER
  • ARE NOW IN PRISON FOR WHAT THEY
  • DID, SENTENCED TO A LIFE TERM.
  • BUT THERE ARE STILL SO MANY
  • QUESTIONS.
  • HOW, IN A COUNTRY WHERE WOMEN
  • ARE SUPPOSED TO BE FREE, DID
  • THEY BECOME TARGETS?
  • WHY WERE THEIR CALLS FOR HELP
  • ANSWERED WITH SILENCE?
  • TONIGHT ON THE FIFTH ESTATE,
  • WE'LL TAKE YOU INSIDE THE LIVES
  • OF ZAINAB, SAHAR, GEETI, AND
  • RONA.
  • YOU'LL HEAR FROM PEOPLE WHO KNEW
  • OF THEIR STRUGGLE.
  • >> SHE WAS AFRAID THAT HE WOULD
  • KILL HER.
  • >> FROM RELATIVES WHO TRIED TO
  • INTERVENE...
  • >> Voice of Translator: IF THE
  • TRUTH BE TOLD, THEY LIVED LIKE
  • PRISONERS IN THAT HOUSE.
  • (End of Translation)
  • >> AND IN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS
  • FROM YOUNG MEN WHO FELL IN LOVE
  • WITH THE GIRLS BUT COULD NOT
  • SAVE THEM.
  • >> SHE SAID IF EVER HER FATHER
  • OR HER BROTHER FINDS OUT, SHE
  • WOULD GET KILLED.
  • >> IT WAS 2008, MONTREAL, AT A
  • HIGH SCHOOL LOCKER, THE SHY
  • BEGINNINGS OF A ROMANCE.
  • >> I THINK SHE WAS JUST SPECIAL.
  • I NEVER SEEN ANYBODY LIKE THAT.
  • LIKE, SHE HAD THAT ATTRACTION
  • THAT PULLED ME TOWARDS HER.
  • >> SHE WAS ZAINAB SHAFIA, 18,
  • NEWLY ARRIVED FROM DUBAI.
  • HE WAS AMAR ARRIVED FROM
  • PAKISTAN.
  • THERE WAS A SPARK, AND WITH
  • VALENTINES DAY APPROACHING, AMAR
  • SCREWED UP HIS COURAGE AND GAVE
  • HER A CARD.
  • >> I WROTE ON THE NOTE, I'D LIKE
  • TO BE YOUR FRIEND, I'D LIKE TO
  • KNOW YOU AND IF YOU THINK THIS
  • IS APPROPRIATE AND IF YOU ACCEPT
  • MY FRIENDSHIP, WEAR A WHITE
  • DRESS TOMORROW.
  • SO THE NEXT DAY WHEN IT WAS
  • VALENTINES DAY, I SAW HER
  • DRESSED IN WHITE.
  • >> BUT THERE WERE THINGS AMAR
  • NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND.
  • IN AN E-MAIL TWO DAYS LATER,
  • ZAINAB LAID OUT WHAT SHE SAID
  • WOULD HAVE TO BE THE RULES OF
  • THEIR FRIENDSHIP.
  • RULE NUMBER ONE, BEWARE MY
  • BROTHER.
  • AMAR WASN'T SURPRISED.
  • >> HER FAMILY IS PROBABLY NOT
  • THAT OPEN-MINDED, SO I TOLD
  • MYSELF, LIKE, WHATEVER, I HAVE
  • TO BE EXTRA CAREFUL, BECAUSE IF
  • HER BROTHER FINDS OUT, SHE'S THE
  • ONE WHO'S GOING TO GET IN
  • TROUBLE AT HOME.
  • >> HOME WAS THIS APARTMENT IN
  • NORTHEAST MONTREAL.
  • THE SHAFIAS, MOHAMMAD, HIS WIFE,
  • TOOBA, AND THEIR SEVEN CHILDREN
  • HAD EMIGRATED TO CANADA THE YEAR
  • BEFORE FROM AFGHANISTAN
  • ORIGINALLY.
  • THEY'D SPENT 11 YEARS IN DUBAI
  • WHERE MOHAMMAD BUILT A
  • SUCCESSFUL USED CAR BUSINESS.
  • HE WAS RICH ENOUGH TO QUALIFY
  • FOR QUEBEC'S IMMIGRANT INVESTOR
  • PROGRAM AND HE DID
  • INVEST, $2 MILLION FOR THIS
  • STRIP MALL IN LAVAL, $200,000
  • FOR A PIECE OF LAND ON WHICH HE
  • STARTED TO BUILD A FAMILY
  • HOMESTEAD.
  • BUT MOHAMMED SHAFIA WAS ALSO A
  • SECRETIVE MAN.
  • FIVE MONTHS AFTER THE FAMILY
  • ARRIVED, HE SPONSORED ANOTHER
  • IMMIGRANT, RONA AMIR, HE TOLD
  • AUTHORITIES, WAS A COUSIN WHO
  • WAS COMING TO WORK AS A NANNY
  • AND A HOUSEKEEPER.
  • LAWYER SABINE VENTURELLI HELPED
  • THE FAMILY WITH IMMIGRATION
  • DOCUMENTS, BUT FROM THE
  • BEGINNING, SOMETHING DIDN'T SEEM
  • RIGHT.
  • >> Voice of Translator: WHEN I
  • ASKED THEY ARE QUESTION ABOUT
  • HER MARRIAGE, SHE STARTED TO
  • ANSWER ME AND Mr. SHAFIA
  • STOPPED HER, SAYING, THERE'S NO
  • NEED TO TALK ABOUT THAT.
  • (End of Translation)
  • >> NO WONDER, THE TRUTH WOULD
  • HAVE DISQUALIFIED THE FAMILY AS
  • NEW CANADIANS.
  • RONA WAS NOT SHAFIA'S COUSIN,
  • BUT HIS FIRST WIFE, A WOMAN
  • WHO'D LED A DESPERATELY UNHAPPY
  • LIFE THAT SHE CHRONICLED IN A
  • JOURNAL.
  • >> Voice of Translator: AFTER
  • GETTING MARRIED, MY LOT IN LIFE
  • BEGAN A DOWNWARD SPIRAL.
  • RIGHT AFTER TODAY THAT I AM
  • WRITING THESE MEMOIRS.
  • (End of Translation)
  • >> THE PAGES WERE TINGED WITH
  • BITTER DISAPPOINTMENT, MOST OF
  • THEM STARTING WHEN RONA LEARNED
  • SHE COULDN'T HAVE CHILDREN.
  • >> Voice of Translator: MY
  • HUSBAND STARTED PICKING ON ME.
  • AT HOME, HE WOULD FIND FAULT
  • WITH MY COOKING AND SERVING
  • MEALS AND HE WOULD FIND EXCUSES
  • TO HARASS ME.
  • IT REACHED A POINT WHERE I HAD
  • TO SAY, GO, AND TAKE ANOTHER
  • WIFE.
  • WHAT CAN I DO?
  • (End of Translation)
  • >> POLYGAMY IS PERMITTED IN
  • AFGHANISTAN AND IN 1988, SHAFIA
  • DID TAKE ANOTHER BRIDE, TOOBA.
  • THAT'S RONA STANDING LOYALLY ON
  • HIS OTHER SIDE.
  • ACCORDING TO HER DIARY, THERE
  • WAS TENSION FROM THE BEGINNING
  • AND IT GOT WORSE AS ONE AFTER
  • ANOTHER, THE BABIES ARRIVED.
  • >> EVERY DAY, HE USED TO SIT
  • TOGETHER WITH HIS SECOND WIFE
  • AND RAIL AGAINST ME.
  • THEN HE BEGAN HITTING ME.
  • THE CHILDREN CAME IN AND SAID TO
  • HIM, DAD, STOP HITTING HER.
  • AND HE HAD MADE LIFE A TORTURE
  • FOR ME.
  • >> AFTER 20 YEARS, THE MOVE TO
  • MONTREAL MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE
  • START OF SOMETHING BETTER FOR
  • RONA.
  • THE SHAFIA FAMILY NOW LIVED IN
  • ONE OF THE MOST COSMOPOLITAN AND
  • LIBERAL CITIES IN THE WORLD, BUT
  • INSIDE THE APARTMENT, IT WAS THE
  • WORST OF AFGHAN TRADITIONS.
  • LATIF HYDERI IS TOOBA'S UNCLE.
  • HE COULD SEE THE WOMEN IN THE
  • SHAFIA HOUSE WERE NEVER GOING TO
  • GET THE OPPORTUNITY.
  • >> Voice of Translator: IF THE
  • TRUTH BE TOLD, THEY LIVED LIKE
  • PRISONERS IN THAT HOUSE.
  • THEY HAD NO FREEDOM.
  • FOR EXAMPLE, MY DAUGHTER WAS
  • GETTING MARRIED AND I INVITED
  • THEM.
  • THEY MADE DRESSES FOR THEM AND
  • WHEN THEIR FATHER CAME AND SAW
  • THE DRESSES, HE CUT THEM AND DID
  • NOT ALLOW THEM TO TAKE PART IN
  • THE WEDDING.
  • (End of Translation)
  • >> FOR ZAINAB AND AMAR, DATING
  • BECAME A GAME OF CAT AND MOUSE.
  • MOMENTS SNATCHED AT THE LIBRARY,
  • AWAY FROM THE PRYING EYES OF HER
  • YOUNGER BROTHER, HAMID, WHO
  • ATTENDED THE SAME SCHOOL.
  • >> HE CANNOT SEE US TOGETHER,
  • BECAUSE WHEN HE SEES US
  • TOGETHER, HE'S GOING TO GO HOME
  • AND TELL MY DAD AND THEN IT'S
  • NOT GOING TO LOOK GOOD.
  • >> DID SHE TELL YOU WHAT WOULD
  • HAPPEN?
  • >> SHE TOLD ME SHE WOULD GET HIT
  • OR BEATEN UP.
  • SHE EVEN SAID HER FATHER WOULD
  • KILL HER, HE'S THAT TYPE OF MAN.
  • I SAID, THAT'S JUST IN YOUR
  • HEAD, YOU CAN'T THINK LIKE THAT.
  • HE WILL NEVER KILL YOU.
  • SHE KEPT REPEATING, YOU DON'T
  • KNOW MY FATHER.
  • >> IT WASN'T JUST ZAINAB WHO WAS
  • AFRAID.
  • HER SISTER SAHAR WAS 16 AND
  • CHAFING AT HER FATHER'S
  • INSISTENCE THAT SHE WEAR THE
  • HIJAB.
  • >> Voice of Translator: AT
  • SOME POINT, SAHAR MISSED SCHOOL
  • FOR A LONG PERIOD WITH
  • ABSOLUTELY NO REASON.
  • AND THAT'S WHEN WE STARTED BEING
  • WORRIED.
  • THE DAY SHE CAME BACK TO SCHOOL,
  • SHE WAS VEILED.
  • (End of Translation)
  • >> VICE PRINCIPAL NATHALIE
  • LARAMEE SAYS IT WAS CLEAR THE
  • HEAD SCARF WAS ONLY THE
  • BEGINNING OF SAHAR'S PROBLEMS.
  • [ SPEAKING FRENCH ]
  • >> Voice of Translator: THE
  • YOUNG GIRL WAS GREATLY
  • PREOCCUPIED.
  • SHE FEARED FOR HER WELL-BEING.
  • SHE HAD A LOT OF TROUBLE
  • ACCEPTING THE VEIL.
  • I THINK SHE REALLY WANTED TO
  • LIVE IN A WESTERN LIFESTYLE.
  • (End of Translation)
  • >> AND SO IN THE HOURS SHE WAS
  • AWAY FROM HOME, SHE DID,
  • CHUCKING HER HEAD SCARF AND
  • PILING ON THE MAKEUP AT SCHOOL.
  • RESUMING HER ROLE AS PIOUS
  • DAUGHTER AT HOPE.
  • EVENTUALLY THOUGH, HER PARENTS
  • CAUGHT ON AND THE LEASH GOT
  • EVEN SHORTER.
  • >> Voice of Translator: TOOBA
  • WOULD DRIVE THE CHILDREN TO
  • THEIR SCHOOL.
  • AT 12:00 WHEN THEY HAD AN HOUR
  • BREAK, TOOBA WOULD BRING THEM
  • BACK HOME.
  • SHE WOULD TAKE THEM AND THEN SHE
  • WOULD PICK THEM UP AGAIN AT THE
  • END OF SCHOOL.
  • THEY DID NOT HAVE THE PERMISSION
  • TO CONTACT ANYONE OR GO OVER TO
  • ANYONE'S HOUSE.
  • (End of Translation)
  • >> BUT THEN IN THE SPRING OF
  • 2008, THE GIRLS GOT A BREAK.
  • THEIR PARENTS RETURNED TO DUBAI
  • ON A BUSINESS TRIP, LEAVING
  • HAMID, THEIR BROTHER, IN CHARGE.
  • WHEN ZAINAB MADE THE MISTAKE OF
  • SNEAKING HER BOYFRIEND INTO THE
  • HOUSE, HAMID WENT CRAZY,
  • THREATENING TO TELL THEIR
  • PARENTS AND THEN TAKING ACTION
  • OF HIS OWN.
  • ZAINAB, HER YOUNGER BROTHER
  • DECREED, WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO
  • RETURN TO SCHOOL.
  • >> HE HAD THAT POWER OVER HER
  • THAT HE COULD STOP HER FROM
  • GOING TO SCHOOL?
  • >> IN THAT CONVERSATION ARE, I
  • ASKED HER HOW COME, BECAUSE
  • YOU'RE THE ELDEST.
  • HOW COME HE'S MAKING DECISIONS
  • FOR YOU EVEN IF YOU WERE THE
  • YOUNGEST, HE HAS NO RIGHT.
  • SHE SAID, WHEN MY MOTHER AND
  • FATHER LEFT, SHE GAVE HIM ALL
  • THE AUTHORITY, SO SHE SAID, I
  • HAVE TO AGREE TO THAT.
  • HAMID'S OTHER DECREE, ZAINAB
  • COULD NOT SEE AMAR AGAIN.
  • >> DID YOU LOVE HER?
  • >> YES, I DID.
  • >> AND SHE LOVED YOU?
  • >> YES.
  • >> FOR ALMOST A YEAR, AMAR LOST
  • CONTACT.
  • ZAINAB NEVER DID RETURN TO
  • SCHOOL, BUT YOUNGER SISTER SAHAR
  • WAS STILL GOING TO CLASS AND
  • STARTING TO TALK TO HER T
  • TEACHERS.
  • >> Voice of Translator: SHE
  • SAID SHE WAS A VICTIM OF
  • VIOLENCE.
  • SHE WAS AFRAID OF BEING ABUSED
  • AGAIN.
  • SHE FELT SHE WAS WATCHED AT
  • SCHOOL BY OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS
  • WHO THEN REPORTED WHAT THEY SAW
  • AT HOME.
  • (End of Translation)
  • >> THE MORE SAHAR TOLD THEM, THE
  • MORE WORRIED THE TEACHERS
  • BECAME.
  • THEY WONDERED WHETHER SHE MIGHT
  • BE SUICIDAL.
  • ACCORDING TO RONA, THERE WAS A
  • SUICIDE ATTEMPT.
  • SAHAR MIXED SOME POISON ONE DAY
  • AND DRANK IT.
  • >> WHEN I CAME IN AND SAW WHAT
  • HAD HAPPENED, I WAS VERY UPSET
  • AND SAID, WHY DO YOU WANT DEAD?
  • WHY DID YOU TAKE MEDICINE TO
  • COMMIT SUICIDE?
  • HER MOTHER SAID, SHE CAN GO TO
  • HELL.
  • LET HER KILL HERSELF.
  • >> IF HER MOTHER WASN'T
  • CONCERNED, THE SCHOOL CERTAINLY
  • WAS AND CALLED QUEBEC'S CHILD
  • WELFARE SERVICE.
  • A SOCIAL WORKER WAS SENT TO TALK
  • TO SAHAR AND THEN WITH HER
  • PARENTS.
  • IT DIDN'T GO WELL.
  • WITH HER FATHER RAGING, SAHAR
  • RETRACTED HER COMPLAINT.
  • THERE WAS NO FOLLOWUP AND THE
  • FILE WAS CLOSED.
  • >> WHEN WE COME BACK, ZAINAB AND
  • AMAR ARE REUNITED.
  • BUT INSIDE THE HOUSE OF SHAFIA,
  • A DEADLY PLAN IS TAKING PLACE.
  • >> 911?
  • >> THERE'S A PERSON MISSING IN
  • THE FAMILY.
  • I WANT TO REPORT THAT, A FEMALE.
  • >> IS THAT YOUR...
  • >> SISTER.
  • (♪♪)
  • >> THE STORY OF THE SHAFIAS IS A
  • STORY ABOUT WOMEN'S DESIRE FOR
  • FREEDOM AND A FATHER'S DEMAND
  • FOR CONTROL.
  • BUT THERE WAS ONE THING NOT EVEN
  • MOHAMMED SHAFIA COULD CONTROL IN
  • HIS HOUSE.
  • TECHNOLOGY.
  • NEARLY A YEAR AFTER SHE WAS
  • BANNED FROM SEEING HER
  • BOYFRIEND, AMAR WAHID, ELDEST
  • DAUGHTER ZAINAB WAS SECRETLY
  • BACK IN TOUCH WITH HIM AND ONE
  • DAY SNUCK OUT TO MEET HIM.
  • >> AND SO WE WE WANT TO
  • MCDONALDS.
  • WE STAYED TOGETHER FOR, LIKE,
  • FOUR, FIVE HOURS, AND IT WAS
  • AMAZING, BECAUSE I SAW HER AFTER
  • ONE YEAR.
  • >> SHE TOLD AMAR FOR MONTHS
  • AFTER HE WAS CAUGHT AT HER
  • HOUSE, HER FATHER CONFINED HER
  • TO HER ROOM, REFUSED TO LET HER
  • GO TO SCHOOL.
  • NOW SHE WANTED OUT.
  • >> SO SHE SAID, I DON'T FEEL
  • LIKE LIVING A LIFE LIKE THIS
  • WHERE I HAVE TO ASK FOR
  • PERMISSION, I HAVE NO FREEDOM,
  • AND THEN SHE, LIKE, EVEN IF WE
  • DO WANT TO GET MARRIED, MY
  • PARENTS WILL NOT AGREE TO IT.
  • SO SHE SAID, I WANT TO LEAVE.
  • >> AMAR WASN'T SO SURE.
  • HE HAD NO JOB AND NO APARTMENT.
  • HE ASKED ZAINAB TO WAIT JUST A
  • FEW WEEKS.
  • SHE WAS GOING, SHE SAID, WITH
  • HIS HELP OR WITHOUT.
  • >> SO SHE SAID, YOU'RE COMING TO
  • GET ME RIGHT NOW, OR ELSE I'M
  • GOING TO LEAVE ON MY OWN, SO I
  • SAID, ALL RIGHT, I'M GOING TO
  • COME PICK YOU UP.
  • >> IT WAS A BRAZEN DEPARTURE AND
  • IN THE SHAFIA HOUSE, IT SET OFF
  • ANOTHER CRISIS.
  • >> 911.
  • >> YEAH, I WANT TO -- THERE'S A
  • PERSON MISSING IN THE FAMILY.
  • I WANT TO REPORT THAT.
  • >> YOUR FAMILY?
  • >> YEAH.
  • >> IS THAT YOUR...
  • >> SISTER.
  • >> YOUR SISTER.
  • HOW OLD IS SHE?
  • >> SHE'S 19.
  • >> IT WAS BROTHER HAMID WHO
  • CALLED THE POLICE AND DEMANDED
  • THEY FIND ZAINAB AND BRING HER
  • HOME.
  • UNBEKNOWNST TO HIM, ONE OF THE
  • OTHER CHILDREN ALSO CALLED,
  • LOOKING FOR PROTECTION,
  • TERRIFIED OF HOW THEIR FATHER
  • WOULD REACT.
  • AND SO FOR THE SECOND TIME IN A
  • YEAR, THE AUTHORITIES WERE
  • DEALING WITH THE SHAFIA FAMILY.
  • WHEN POLICE ARRIVED AT THE
  • HOUSE, THE CHILDREN WERE OPEN,
  • TELLING THEM OF REPRESSION AND
  • ABUSE.
  • BUT THEN THEIR FATHER CAME HOME
  • AND THE STORIES BEGAN TO CHANGE.
  • IN A REPORT, THE SOCIAL WORKER
  • SAID THE CHILDREN APPEARED TO
  • LIVE UNDER A REIGN OF TERROR,
  • BUT ONCE AGAIN, INTERVENTION WAS
  • NOT RECOMMENDED.
  • THERE WAS ONE ADULT INSIDE THE
  • HOUSE WHO KNEW THE TRUTH AND WHO
  • MIGHT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO HELP IF
  • SHE HADN'T BEEN SO POWERLESS
  • HERSELF.
  • FIRST WIFE, RONA'S DIARY,
  • DOCUMENTS THE FEAR AND THE
  • THREATS.
  • TOOBA WAS CLEARLY THE PREFERRED
  • WIFE AND RONA KNEW IT.
  • >> SHE HAS MY PASSPORT, TOOBA
  • USED TO SAY, YOUR LIFE IS IN MY
  • HANDS.
  • I SAID, YOU CAN'T KICK ME OUT.
  • YOU ARE ONE WIFE OF HIS, I AM
  • ANOTHER.
  • HE SAID, YOU ARE NOT HIS WIFE.
  • YOU ARE MY SERVANT.
  • >> THAT MUCH SEEMED TO BE TRUE.
  • RONA WASN'T EVEN ALLOWED TO USE
  • THE HOUSE PHONE.
  • WITH $50 SHE GOT EACH MONTH AS
  • ALLOWANCE, SHE BOUGHT PHONE
  • CARDS AND POURED OUT HER HEART
  • TO DISTANT RELATIVES IN DISTANT
  • LANDS.
  • >> SHE CALLED AGAIN AND AGAIN
  • AND AGAIN AND THEN EVERY TIME
  • SHE CALLED, SHE WOULD TALK MORE
  • ABOUT THE ABUSE AND ABOUT THE
  • MENTAL, VERBAL, AND PHYSICAL
  • ABUSE.
  • >> Reporter: FAHIMA VORGETTS,
  • A NIECE LIVING IN THE UNITED
  • STATES, COUNSELED RONA TO LEAVE,
  • BUT SHE WAS TOO AFRAID.
  • >> HE THREATENED HER IF SHE
  • LEAVES OR IF SHE GOES TO THE
  • POLICE, THEY WILL KICK HER OUT
  • OF CANADA.
  • THEY WILL SEND HER BACK TO
  • AFGHANISTAN.
  • AND AGAIN, SHE WAS AFRAID IF SHE
  • GOES BACK TO AFGHANISTAN, THEN
  • SHAFIA'S FAMILY WOULD KILL HER
  • THERE.
  • SO SHE WAS IN A LOSE-LOSE
  • SITUATION.
  • >> RONA WAS RIGHT.
  • THEY WERE TRYING TO GET RID OF
  • HER.
  • LAWYER SABINE VENTURELLI
  • REMEMBERS A PHONE CALL FROM ONE
  • OF MOHAMMED SHAFIA'S RELATIVES.
  • >> Voice of Translator: SHE
  • CALLED ME TO TELL ME THAT THERE
  • WERE SOME PROBLEMS IN
  • Mr. SHAFIA'S FAMILY AND THAT
  • Mr. SHAFIA WAS THEREFORE
  • ASKING ME TO CLOSE THE FILE AND
  • TO SEE TO IT THAT MADAME RONA
  • LEFT CANADA.
  • HE WAS OFFERING TO PAY ME A FEE
  • AND I'M TALKING ABOUT A
  • SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF MONEY.
  • HE WAS OFFERING TO PAY
  • ME $10,000.
  • (End of Translation)
  • >> SHE DECLINED THE OFFER.
  • IN THE MEANTIME, ZAINAB WAS
  • STAYING AT A WOMEN'S SHELTER,
  • DESPERATELY TRYING TO HIDE FROM
  • HER PARENTS.
  • THEY HAD AMAR'S TELEPHONE NUMBER
  • AND THE NEXT THING HE KNEW, HE
  • HAD A CALL FROM POLICE.
  • >> IT WAS A LADY AND SHE SAID,
  • WE HAVE A COMPLAINT AGAINST YOU
  • THAT YOU KIDNAPPED ZAINAB.
  • >> KIDNAPPED HER?
  • >> YEAH.
  • I'M, LIKE, OKAY.
  • SO I SAID, WHO SAID THAT?
  • THEY SAID, THE FATHER AND THE
  • BROTHER.
  • >> ZAINAB THEN TOOK THE PHONE
  • AND TOLD POLICE SHE WANTED
  • NOTHING TO DO WITH HER FAMILY.
  • THE OFFICER AGREED THAT AT 19,
  • IT WAS HER RIGHT AND SHE CALLED
  • THE SHAFIAS BACK.
  • >> SHE TOLD THEM, SHE IS WITH
  • AMAR.
  • SHE LEFT ON HER OWN.
  • WE DON'T WANT YOU GUYS TO CALL
  • HER OR EVEN CALL ME AND BOTHER
  • HER, BOTHER BOTH OF THEM.
  • LEAVE HER ALONE.
  • IF WE HEAR ANY COMPLAINTS FROM
  • THEM AGAINST YOU GUYS, WE'LL
  • HAVE TO TAKE ACTION.
  • >> BUT THE WARNING TO STAY AWAY
  • DIDN'T WORK.
  • AMAR AND ZAINAB HAD MADE IT
  • CLEAR THEY WANTED TO GET
  • MARRIED.
  • SOON HER MOTHER TOOBA WAS AT THE
  • SHELTER IN TEARS PROMISING TO
  • ARRANGE THE WEDDING IF ONLY
  • ZAINAB WOULD COME HOPE.
  • TO AMAR'S EVER-LASTING REGRET,
  • HE ENCOURAGED HER TO GO.
  • >> SO I SAID, YOU SHOULD THINK
  • ABOUT IT.
  • MAYBE THEY'RE SERIOUS.
  • WHAT MADE ME BELIEVE THE MOST IS
  • WHEN SHE SAID THAT IF YOU'RE
  • SCARED OF YOUR FATHER, I'LL
  • LEAVE HIM, I'LL GO RENT OUT A
  • SEPARATE APARTMENT, AND YOU CAN
  • COME LIVE THERE UNTIL YOU GET
  • MARRIED AND THEN I'LL GO BACK
  • AND LIVE WITH HIM.
  • THAT MADE ME BELIEVE, OKAY,
  • SHE'S ACTUALLY SERIOUS ABOUT IT.
  • >> BUT THAT NEVER HAPPENED.
  • WHILE MOHAMMED SHAFIA WAS AGAIN
  • IN DUBAI, ZAINAB RETURNED TO THE
  • HOUSE WITH HER MOTHER.
  • TWO WEEKS LATER, AS PROMISED,
  • THERE WAS A WEDDING.
  • (♪♪)
  • >> AMAR STILL REMEMBERS THAT DAY
  • AS THE HAPPIEST OF HIS LIFE, BUT
  • THE CELEBRATION WAS DOOMED TO BE
  • SHORT-LIVED.
  • HIS FAMILY DIDN'T LIKE THE
  • ARRANGEMENT ANY BETTER THAN
  • ZAINAB'S.
  • THE EMPTY SEATS AT THE RECEPTION
  • WERE A SHARP REBUKE TO A FAMILY
  • OBSESSED WITH HONOUR.
  • TO THIS DAY, AMAR STILL DOESN'T
  • UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.
  • >> THERE WAS A 15, 20-MINUTE
  • TALK BETWEEN HER AND HER BROTHER
  • AND HER MOTHER.
  • I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED
  • DURING THOSE 15, 20 MINUTES.
  • SHE CAME UP TO ME AND SHE TOLD
  • ME, I CAN'T DO THIS.
  • SO I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY TOLD
  • HER, BECAUSE SHE WAS CRYING AND
  • SHE WAS, LIKE, I LOVE YOU, BUT I
  • CANNOT DO THIS.
  • I CANNOT LEAVE MY FAMILY.
  • >> WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT?
  • >> UNTIL TODAY, I'M STILL
  • LOOKING FOR THE ANSWER.
  • I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY TOLD HER.
  • I FEEL TERRIBLE THAT A DAY
  • BEFORE I GET MARRIED AND I'M SO
  • HAPPY, AND NOT EVEN 24 HOURS
  • LATER, IT'S JUST -- EVERYTHING
  • IS FINISHED.
  • >> AS QUICKLY AS THEY WERE
  • MARRIED, THE COUPLE WAS
  • DIVORCED.
  • SIX WEEKS LATER, THE BRIDE WOULD
  • BE DEAD.
  • TODAY AMAR HAS NO DOUBT THE
  • WEDDING WAS PART OF A MUCH
  • BIGGER PLAN.
  • >> IT WAS ALL A GAME THEY PLAYED
  • TO BRING HER BACK HOME AND THEN
  • THEY WANTED TO DO THIS TO THEM,
  • TO KILL THEM, AND IT WAS JUST A
  • SET-UP.
  • >> THEY AGREE AGREED TO THE
  • WEDDING TO LURE HER BACK TO THE
  • HOUSE?
  • DID THEY HAVE A PLAN TO KILL
  • HER?
  • >> I THINK THEY DID HAVE A PLAN.
  • >> WE MAY NEVER KNOW EXACTLY
  • WHEN THE PLAN WAS HATCHED, BUT
  • IN THE LATE SPRING OF 2009,
  • THERE WAS A LOT OF FEAR IN THE
  • SHAFIA HOUSE.
  • AMONG THE CALLS RONA PLACED WAS
  • ONE TO HER SISTER IN FRANCE,
  • WORRIED ABOUT A CONVERSATION
  • SHE'D OVERHEARD.
  • >> Voice of Translator: SHE
  • SAID SHE HEARD THE VOICE OF
  • SHAFIA SAYING, I WILL GO TO
  • AFGHANISTAN AND WHEN I COME
  • BACK, I WILL KILL ZAINAB.
  • RONA SAID, ANOTHER VOICE ASKED,
  • WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER ONE?
  • AND HE SAID, I WILL KILL THEM
  • TOO.
  • HER VOICE WAS SHAKING, I TOLD
  • HER, MY DEAR SISTER, DO NOT
  • WORRY TOO MUCH.
  • YOU ARE NOT IN AFGHANISTAN OR
  • DUBAI, YOU'RE IN CANADA, AND IT
  • IS AN ADVANCED COUNTRY.
  • NOTHING WILL HAPPEN THERE.
  • >> BY NOW, SAHAR ALSO HAD A
  • BOYFRIEND.
  • RICARDO SANCHEZ WAS FROM
  • HONDURAS AND HE HAD TO BE A
  • SECRET TOO.
  • >> Voice of Translator: IF SHE
  • WOULD HAVE MENTIONED THAT SHE
  • HAD A BOYFRIEND WHO WAS LATINO,
  • IT WOULD HAVE CREATED PROBLEMS
  • WITH HER FAMILY.
  • (End of Translation)
  • >> AS WITH HER SISTER, DATING
  • WAS AN EXERCISE IN SUBTERFUGE.
  • ONE DAY, RICARDO AND SAHAR WERE
  • ALSO CAUGHT BY HER BROTHER.
  • >> Voice of Translator: HE WAS
  • INSISTING, WHO ARE YOU, WHO ARE
  • YOU?
  • HOW DID YOU MEET HER?
  • ARE YOU HER BOYFRIEND?
  • YES OR NO, TELL ME THE TRUTH.
  • I SAID, NO, NO.
  • I HAD TO TAKE SAHAR'S FRIEND AND
  • PRETEND SHE WAS MY GIRLFRIEND.
  • (End of Translation)
  • >> BY THE SPRING OF 2009, SAHAR
  • WAS IN FULL REBELLION AND
  • TEACHERS WEREN'T SURE WHAT TO
  • DO.
  • NOT ONLY WAS SHE MISSING CLASS,
  • BUT SHE WAS LOSING WEIGHT.
  • THEY WORRIED ABOUT EATING
  • DISORDERS AND EVEN DRUGS.
  • IT ALL CAME TO A HEAD THE DAY
  • SAHAR FAINTED AT SCHOOL AND HAD
  • TO BE HOSPITALIZED, DESPITE
  • REPEATED CALLS TO HER FAMILY, NO
  • ONE CAME.
  • UNTIL THE SCHOOL PLACED ANOTHER
  • CALL TO CHILD WELFARE.
  • [ SPEAKING FRENCH ]
  • >> Voice of Translator: WHEN
  • THE TEACHER CALLED, SHE SAID SHE
  • WAS CONCERNED FOR SAHAR'S LIFE.
  • BUT THE PERSON AT THE OTHER END
  • SAID, SINCE SHE WAS
  • 17-AND-A-HALF, ALMOST AN ADULT,
  • THEY WOULD NOT DEAL WITH THE
  • COMPLAINT AND SUGGESTED SAHAR
  • LOOK FOR HELP ELSEWHERE.
  • (End of Translation)
  • >> THE SCHOOL WAS AGHAST.
  • INSULTED, OUTRAGED.
  • THEN THERE WAS LITTLE SISTER,
  • GEETI.
  • AT 13, SHE WAS ALSO ACTING OUT,
  • SKIPPING SCHOOL AND GETTING
  • CAUGHT SHOPLIFTING.
  • AT ONE POINT, SHE TOLD HER
  • TEACHERS SHE WANTED TO BE PUT IN
  • A FOSTER HOME.
  • IN NOTES AND IN CARDS, IT'S
  • CLEAR GEETI IDOLIZED HER BIG
  • SISTERS, ESPECIALLY SAHAR.
  • IT WAS HER DREAM THAT WHEN SAHAR
  • FINALLY DID LEAVE HOME, SHE'D
  • TAKE GEETI WITH HER.
  • BUT IT WAS NEVER TO BE.
  • BY JUNE, THE PLAN WAS IN PLACE.
  • COMPUTER RECORDS SHOW THAT HAMID
  • SPENT HOURS ONLINE THAT MONTH,
  • LOOKING AT MAPS OF EASTERN
  • ONTARIO, CHECKING OUT RIVERS,
  • REMOTE LAKES, BODIES OF WATER OF
  • ANY KIND.
  • THOUSANDS OF WEBSITES WERE
  • VISITED AT ALL HOURS OF THE DAY
  • AND NIGHT.
  • ON JUNE 20TH, A FINAL CHILLING
  • SEARCH.
  • >> WHEN WE RETURN, THE SHAFIAS
  • GO ON VACATION.
  • >> I DON'T KNOW.
  • I DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU'RE GOING
  • WITH THIS, HONESTLY.
  • TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, I DON'T
  • KNOW WHERE YOU'RE GOING WITH
  • THIS, OKAY?
  • (♪♪)
  • >> IN THE HOUSE OF SHAFIA, LIFE
  • WAS NEVER PREDICTABLE, BUT IN
  • JUNE 2009, THINGS TURNED VERY
  • STRANGE.
  • AFTER HER HASTY WEDDING AND EVEN
  • HASTIER DIVORCE, ZAINAB WAS
  • BRACING FOR HER FATHER'S RETURN
  • FROM DUBAI, E-MAILING AMAR OF
  • HER PLAN TO APOLOGIZE IN THE
  • HOPES HE FORGETS EVERYTHING.
  • A FEW DAYS LATER SHE CALLS, SHE
  • HAS BEEN FORGIVEN AND LIFE AT
  • HOME IS DIFFERENT.
  • >> WELL, SHE SAID HER FATHER IS
  • COMPLETELY CHANGED.
  • HE'S NOT THE SAME GUY THAT HE
  • USED TO BE.
  • HE'S NOT AS STRICT.
  • THERE'S SOMETHING FISHY.
  • IT'S NOT NORMAL FOR A HUMAN
  • BEING TO CHANGE AFTER 50 YEARS
  • MENTALITY IN A MONTH.
  • >> THINGS ARE APPARENTLY SO GOOD
  • NOW, THE SHAFIAS ARE TAKING A
  • VACATION TO NIAGRA FALLS.
  • DAD, HAMID AND THE YOUNGER KIDS
  • IN THE FAMILY'S LEXUS.
  • THE WOMEN IN A NEWLY PURCHASED
  • NISSAN SENTRA.
  • AFTER SO MANY MONTHS OF
  • UPHEAVAL, THERE IS FINALLY A
  • SENSE OF CALM.
  • THEY TAKE IN ALL THE USUAL
  • TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND CELL
  • PHONE PICTURES SHOW THE SISTERS
  • IN RARE MOMENTS OF FUN.
  • HAMMING IT UP IN THE HOTEL ROOM
  • WITH RONA, TAKING TURNS PRIMPING
  • FOR THE CAMERA.
  • BUT ONE PERSON MISSING IS HAMID.
  • HIS CELL PHONE SHOWS HE HAS
  • BACKTRACKED FROM NIAGRA FALLS
  • AND IS NOW IN KINGSTON NEAR THE
  • CITY'S FAMOUS BUT SECLUDED
  • LOCKS.
  • HE REJOINS THE FAMILY AS THEY
  • CHECK OUT OF THE HOTEL AND THEY
  • DRIVE THROUGH THE NIGHT, AGAIN
  • IN TWO CARS.
  • AS SHE HAS THE WHOLE TRIP, SAHAR
  • IS TEXTING, SNAPPING PHOTOS AS
  • THEY PASS THROUGH TORONTO.
  • AT 1:38 a.m., SHE RECEIVES A
  • FINAL TEXT FROM HER BOYFRIEND.
  • BY THEN, THE SHAFIAS ARE IN
  • KINGSTON NEAR THE LOCKS.
  • IF THERE ARE WITNESSES TO WHAT
  • HAPPENED NEXT, THEY'VE NEVER
  • SPOKEN.
  • SOMEHOW, SOME WAY, FOUR WOMEN IN
  • A SENTRA ENDED UP DEAD AT THE
  • BOTTOM OF THE LOCKS.
  • THE NEXT MORNING, KINGSTON
  • POLICE HAD THE GRUESOME TASK OF
  • IDENTIFYING THE BODIES.
  • >> THIS IS A VERY EMOTIONAL
  • INCIDENT AND WHAT BOTHERS ME IS
  • THE FACT THAT THERE'S THREE
  • SISTERS IN THAT AND IT'S THE
  • UNKNOWN.
  • WE'RE STILL TRYING TO ASCERTAIN
  • THE WHY, THE WHY, THE WHY.
  • >> BEFORE BUT THE "WHY," THERE
  • WAS THE" HOW."
  • ON THE SURFACE, THERE WEREN'T
  • MANY CLUES.
  • A FEW SCATTERED PIECES OF WHAT
  • APPEARED TO BE A BROKEN
  • HEADLIGHT.
  • THEN THERE WAS THE SENTRA.
  • IF IT HAD BEEN DRIVEN INTO THE
  • LOCK, WHY WAS THE IGNITION OFF?
  • WHY WERE THE SEATBELTS LOCKED
  • AND THE FRONT SEATS FULLY
  • RECLINED?
  • THE WOMEN WERE FOUND IN ONLY TWO
  • METRES OF WATER AND YET THERE
  • WAS NO SIGN ANY OF THEM HAD
  • TRIED TO ESCAPE.
  • AS POLICE PUZZLED AT THE SCENE,
  • AT HEADQUARTERS, A MISSING
  • PERSON'S REPORT WAS ABOUT TO BE
  • FILED BY THE SHAFIAS.
  • TOOBA IS THE FIRST TO EXPLAIN
  • WHAT SHE KNOWS.
  • HER THEORY, THE GIRLS STOLE THE
  • CAR AND DROVE IT INTO THE CANAL.
  • [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
  • >> WHEN HE'S QUESTIONED,
  • MOHAMMAD CLAIMS TO KNOW EVEN
  • LESS.
  • >> YOU KNOW THE CAR, YOUR CAR,
  • THE NISSAN, WAS FOUND
  • UNDERWATER?
  • >> Voice of Translator: YES, I
  • DO.
  • >> ANY THOUGHTS, ANY IDEA HOW IT
  • GOT THERE?
  • >> Voice of Translator: NO.
  • >> BY THE TIME HAMID TAKES A
  • CHAIR, HE'S DEFENSIVE.
  • >> I'M TELLING YOU, I'M ALREADY
  • IN A LOT OF MESS.
  • I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING,
  • IF YOU WANT TO BLAME IT ON ME.
  • >> I DON'T.
  • >> I DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU'RE
  • GOING WITH THIS, HONESTLY.
  • >> Reporter: BUT HAMID SHARES
  • ONE PIECE OF INFORMATION THAT
  • WILL PROVE CRITICAL.
  • AT 7:30 THIS MORNING, HE PLACED
  • A CALL TO 911 REPORTING AN
  • ACCIDENT WITH THE LEXUS.
  • >> 911.
  • >> HELLO.
  • I'VE HAD AN ACCIDENT.
  • >> ARE YOU INJURED, SIR?
  • >> NO, JUST CAR DAMAGE.
  • >> HOW MANY CARS ARE INVOLVED?
  • >> ONE.
  • >> STRANGELY, IT HAPPENED IN AN
  • EMPTY PARKING LOT AND NOT IN
  • KINGSTON, BUT 300 KILOMETRES
  • AWAY IN MONTREAL.
  • WHEN POLICE SEARCHED THE
  • SHAFIA'S GARAGE IN MONTREAL,
  • THEY FOUND THE LEXUS WITH A
  • BROKEN HEADLIGHT.
  • IN THE DAYS THAT FOLLOWED, THE
  • DROWNINGS WERE BIG NEWS,
  • REPORTED AS A JOYRIDE GONE
  • WRONG.
  • BUT IN HIS GUT, AMAR KNEW IT
  • WASN'T TRUE.
  • >> THIS CANNOT BE AN ACCIDENT.
  • EVERYTHING JUST CAME BACK TO ME
  • WHAT SHE USED TO SAY, HER FATHER
  • WOULD DO THIS TO HER IF SHE
  • WOULD EVER GO AGAINST HILL AND
  • ALL THAT AND SHE WAS RIGHT.
  • I WAS REALLY ANGRY.
  • I WENT TO HER HOUSE, CALLED HER
  • HOUSE NUMBER AND THEN HAMID
  • PICKED UP AND I SAID, WHERE IS
  • ZAINAB?
  • HE'S, LIKE, WHAT DOES IT CONCERN
  • YOU?
  • I SAID, WHERE IS ZAINAB?
  • HE'S, LIKE, COME TO MY HOUSE AND
  • I'LL TELL YOU WHERE SHE IS.
  • I SAID, I'M OUTSIDE YOUR HOUSE.
  • I NEED TO KNOW WHERE SHEIS.
  • AND HE JUST HUNG UP THE PHONE
  • AND I WENT BEGAN KNOCKING ON THE
  • DOOR, NOBODY OPENED THE DOOR.
  • >> HE WASN'T ALLOWED IN BUT WHEN
  • THE MEDIA CAME BEGAN KNOCKING,
  • THE SHAFIAS WERE MORE THAN
  • WILLING TO PUT THEIR GRIEF ON
  • DISPLAY.
  • FOR DAYS, THEY STUCK TO THEIR
  • STORY.
  • >> GIVE ME A KISS, I TAKE KEY.
  • AFTER I DON'T...
  • >> UNAWARE THAT BY NOW, THE
  • POLICE WERE ON TO THEM.
  • WIRETAPS AND INTERCEPTS FROM
  • LISTENING DEVICES PLACED IN
  • THEIR CARS REVEALED THE SHOCKING
  • TRUTH.
  • THESE ARE THE CONVERSATIONS THAT
  • WOULD CONDEMN THEM.
  • MOHAMMAD IN FULL RAGE AGAINST
  • HIS DAUGHTERS...
  • [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
  • >> AT ONE POINT, TOOBA SOUNDS
  • ALMOST REMORSEFUL.
  • [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
  • >> NO OTHER WAY THAN TO DIE, HE
  • SAYS, BECAUSE THERE'S NOTHING
  • MORE IMPORTANT THAN HONOUR.
  • IT TOOK POLICE ONLY THREE WEEKS
  • TO CRACK THE CASE.
  • WHETHER THEY WERE ALREADY DEAD
  • OR STILL ALIVE, THE WOMEN WERE
  • PUSHED INTO THE WATER BY THE
  • LEXUS.
  • IT WAS INDEED MURDER.
  • >> LOOK OUT, GUYS.
  • [HORN HONKING]
  • >> THE SHAFIAS, MOTHER, FATHER,
  • AND SON, WERE ON THEIR WAY TO
  • PRISON.
  • >> IN THE END, THE CONVICTION
  • WAS SWIFT.
  • THE JURY DELIBERATED 15 HOURS
  • BEFORE DISPATCHING MOHAMMED
  • SHAFIA, HIS WIFE, TOOBA, AND
  • ELDEST SON HAMID TO PRISON FOR
  • LIFE.
  • FOR THE POLICE AND FOR THE
  • CROWN, IT WAS AN IMPORTANT
  • MESSAGE WELL SENT.
  • >> THIS VERDICT SENDS A VERY
  • CLEAR MESSAGE ABOUT OUR CANADIAN
  • VALUES AND THE CORE PRINCIPLES
  • IN A FREE AND DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY
  • THAT ALL CANADIANS ENJOY AND
  • EVEN VISITORS TO CANADA ENJOY.
  • >> BUT THE FACT REMAINS WHAT WAS
  • HAPPENING INSIDE THE HOUSE OF
  • SHAFIA WAS NOT A SECRET.
  • THAT THE WOMEN FELT THREATENED
  • AND AT RISK WAS KNOWN TO FAMILY
  • MEMBERS, TO TEACHERS, AND AT
  • THREE DIFFERENT TIMES, TO THE
  • PEOPLE WHOSE JOB IT IS TO
  • PROTECT CHILDREN IN QUEBEC.
  • WHEN 17-YEAR-OLD SAHAR TOLD
  • TEACHERS OF ABUSE AND THEY TOLD
  • CHILD WELFARE SHE MIGHT BE
  • SUICIDAL.
  • WHEN ZAINAB RAN AWAY WITH HER
  • BOY FRIEND AND SOCIAL WORKERS
  • WENT INTO THE SHAFIA HOME.
  • WHEN GEETI WAS PLEADING TO BE
  • TAKEN INTO FOSTER CARE AND SAHAR
  • WAS TURNED AWAY FOR BEING TOO
  • OLD.
  • EACH TIME, NOTHING WAS DONE.
  • THE HEAD OF QUEBEC'S CHILD
  • WELFARE SERVICE SAYS PART OF THE
  • PROBLEM IS THAT UNTIL THIS
  • INCIDENT, SOCIAL WORKERS DIDN'T
  • APPRECIATE THE RISK OF WHAT IS
  • CALLED HONOUR KILLINGS.
  • MICHELLE DION...
  • [ SPEAKING FRENCH ]
  • >> Voice of Translator: THE
  • THREAT OF AN HONOUR CRIME WAS
  • NOT PART OF OUR UNDERSTANDING.
  • IT WAS NOT PART OF THE RISK THAT
  • WE WERE ASSESSING.
  • NOW, IT IS.
  • (End of Translation)
  • >> BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY,
  • ABUSE IS ABUSE AND VIOLENCE IS
  • VIOLENCE, AND WHETHER YOU ATTACH
  • THE NAME "HONOUR" TO IT OR NOT,
  • THE RISK OF VIOLENCE IS
  • SOMETHING YOU SHOULD HAVE ACTED
  • ON.
  • [ SPEAKING FRENCH ]
  • >> Voice of Translator: I
  • UNDERSTAND THE QUESTION, BUT
  • WHEN WE STEPPED IN, WE
  • INTERVENED IN A SITUATION WHERE
  • THE ALLEGATIONS HAD STILL TO BE
  • VERIFIED.
  • SO WHEN WE DID THE ASSESSMENT,
  • THE THREAT WAS NOT PRESENTED THE
  • SAME WAY.
  • THE CONCERNS WERE NOT THE SAME
  • AS IN THE BEGINNING.
  • WHEN WE GOT THERE, SOMETHING HAD
  • HAPPENED AND THE CHILDREN DIDN'T
  • HAVE QUITE THE SAME STORY.
  • THE CHILDREN WERE MORE CALM.
  • WE DIDN'T HAVE THE SAME PICTURE
  • AS WHEN WE FIRST GOT THERE.
  • (End of Translation)
  • >> IS IT SURPRISING THAT A CHILD
  • WITH THE ABUSER SITTING RIGHT
  • THERE WOULD RECANT THE STORY?
  • [ SPEAKING FRENCH ]
  • >> Voice of Translator: WE
  • HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT IN THIS
  • SITUATION, WE DID AN EMERGENCY
  • INTERVENTION ON A FRIDAY NIGHT
  • AND WHEN WE GOT THERE, THE
  • CHILDREN WERE AT HOME AND THE
  • PARENTS HAD ALREADY RETURNED.
  • WE WERE CAUGHT IN AN
  • UNFAVOURABLE SITUATION, I AGREE,
  • BUT THAT'S REALITY.
  • (End of Translation)
  • >> BUT THAT DOESN'T EXPLAIN WHY
  • THEY DIDN'T MONITOR THE FAMILY,
  • WHY THEY DIDN'T LIASE WITH THE
  • SCHOOL.
  • WHEN SHE HEARD WHAT HAPPENED TO
  • THE SHAFIA GIRLS, VICE PRINCIPAL
  • NATHALIE LARAMEE HAD AN
  • IMMEDIATE, INSTINCTIVE REACTION.
  • [ SPEAKING FRENCH ]
  • >> Voice of Translator: THIS
  • WAS NOT AN ACCIDENT.
  • WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THIS EVENT,
  • OUR EMOTIONS ARE AT THE SURFACE.
  • GREAT FRUSTRATION, ANGER.
  • I CAN ALMOST SAY RESENTMENT
  • TOWARDS THE SYSTEM.
  • AND ALL THE TEACHERS DAY AFTER
  • DAY FEEL GUILTY.
  • COULD I HAVE DONE MORE?
  • DID I DO EVERYTHING I COULD HAVE
  • DONE?
  • DID I HANDLE IT WELL?
  • (End of Translation)
  • >> THE WOMEN WHO DIED TOGETHER
  • ARE BURIED TOGETHER IN A
  • CEMETERY OUTSIDE MONTREAL.
  • FOR THE FAMILY OF RONA, THE
  • FIRST WIFE, VISITS ARE
  • PARTICULARLY HARD.
  • SEVERAL TIMES, SHE BEGGED FAHIMA
  • VORGETTS TO MEET HER AT THE
  • BORDER AND SNEAK HER INTO THE
  • UNITED STATES.
  • >> I FELT SO GUILTY.
  • I FELT SO GUILTY.
  • PROBABLY I SHOULD HAVE GONE TO
  • THE BORDER AND BROUGHT HER TO
  • THE COUNTRY, TO HERE.
  • SO IT WAS ILLEGAL, SO WHAT.
  • I SHOULD HAVE DONE IT.
  • SO MANY THINGS, SO MANY THINGS I
  • COULD HAVE DONE, WHICH I FAILED
  • TO DO.
  • AND SHE WOULD TELL ME, YOU'RE MY
  • LAST HOPE.
  • I DON'T HAVE ANYBODY.
  • AND THAT'S ALWAYS CLINGS HERE.
  • YOU'RE MY LAST HOPE.
  • >> BUT FOR SOME, THE BURDEN OF
  • WHAT WASN'T DONE IN LIFE IS MADE
  • LIGHTER BY WHAT THEY'VE MANAGED
  • TO DO IN THE AFTERMATH OF THEIR
  • DEATHS.
  • DESPITE THREATS FROM SOME IN THE
  • AFGHANISTAN COMMUNITY, LATIF
  • HYDERI TESTIFIED AGAINST HIS OWN
  • NIECE, TOOBA.
  • [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
  • >> Voice of Translator: IT IS
  • MY RESPONSIBILITY TO FIGHT FOR
  • JUSTICE FOR SOMEONE WHO CANNOT
  • FIGHT FOR THEMSELVES.
  • I TELL THE TRUTH FOR THEM.
  • THEY WERE LABELED AS WHORES,
  • THEIVES, BAD-MANNERED GIRLS BY
  • THEIR FAMILY.
  • AND THE AFGHAN COMMUNITY
  • ACCEPTED IT.
  • I WANT TO TELL THE AFGHAN
  • COMMUNITY THAT THESE ARE ALL
  • WRONG.
  • THESE GIRLS DIED FOR NO REASON,
  • FOR NOT DOING ANYTHING.
  • (End of Translation)
  • >> NO ONE KNOWS THAT BETTER THAN
  • AMAR.
  • NOT A DAY GOES BY, HE SAYS, WHEN
  • HE DOESN'T THINK OF ZAINAB AND
  • WONDER IF THERE WAS ANYTHING HE
  • COULD HAVE DONE TO SAVE HER.
  • >> MAYBE IF I HAD NOT APPROACHED
  • HER THE FIRST TIME WHEN I SAW
  • HER, SHE COULD HAVE BEEN STILL
  • LIVING.
  • OR EVEN IF I DID APPROACH HER,
  • IF I WOULD HAVE DONE CERTAIN
  • THINGS A DIFFERENT WAY, IF I HAD
  • NOT TOLD HER TO GO BACK AND
  • LISTEN TO HER MOM AND BELIEVE
  • HER MOM, THINGS WOULD HAVE BEEN
  • DIFFERENT.
  • >> EVERYBODY LOOKS BACK NOW AND
  • WONDERS IF THEY COULD HAVE DONE
  • SOMETHING.
  • DO YOU FEEL THAT?
  • DO YOU FEEL RESPONSIBLE?
  • >> SOMETIMES I DO FEEL GUILTY.
  • OR I FEEL THAT IF I WAS ABLE TO
  • TAKE A STEP TO TAKE HER OUT OF
  • THE HOUSE, I SHOULD HAVE WENT
  • FURTHER.
  • I SHOULD HAVE STOOD UP MORE.
  • AND I FEEL LIKE I SHOULD HAVE
  • STOOD UP DIRECTLY TO HER FATHER
  • AND HER BROTHER, WHICH I DIDN'T
  • DO IT.
  • MAYBE THEY WOULD HAVE LISTENED,
  • OR MAYBE THEY WOULD HAVE REACTED
  • DIFFERENTLY, WHO KNOWS.
  • AND I WASN'T WORRIED ABOUT THE
  • OUTCOME, HOW THEY WOULD REACT
  • TOWARDS ME, BUT SHE WOULD HAVE
  • BEEN ALIVE.
  • >> ZAINAB AND AMAR WERE MARRIED
  • LESS THAN 24 HOURS, BUT HE STILL
  • THINKS OF HER AS HIS WIFE.
  • IT WAS MY DREAM TO MARRY YOU,
  • SHE TOLD HIM IN ONE OF HER LAST
  • EAMES.
  • WE HAD AN AMAZING LOVE STORY
  • TOGETHER THE LAST TIME SHE
  • WROTE, SHE SIGNED OFF, BEST
  • FRIENDS FOR LIFE.
  • THIS IS ONE PROMISE NO ONE CAN
  • MAKE ME BREAK.
  • AS OF THIS WEEK, MOHAMMAD SHAFIA
  • HIS WIFE TOOBA,
  • AND THEIR SON HAMID
  • HAVE ALL FILED APPEALS
  • OF THEIR CONVICTIONS.
  • STAY WITH US,
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  • AND NOW HERE'S A LOOK AT WHAT'S
  • COMING UP ON THE FIFTH ESTATE...
  • >> I'M LHIN DON MCINTYRE.
  • HER PAIN WAS RELENTLESS.
  • >> SOMEBODY DID YOU A FAVOUR,
  • SAID, TRY THIS.
  • IT'LL MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER.
  • >> YES.
  • >> AND DID IT?
  • >> SURE DID.
  • >> IT WAS A PILL CALLED
  • OXYCONTIN.
  • THE RELIEF WAS TEMPORARY.
  • THE COST, A LIFETIME.
  • >> SHE WAS STARTED ON THESE
  • MEDICATIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • BY A DOCTOR.
  • >> THE TROUBLE WAS THE DOCTORS
  • WERE SYSTEMATICALLY MISLED IN
  • THEIR MEDICAL TRAINING, IN THEIR
  • PRACTICES, BUT MOSTLY BY THE
  • DRUG COMPANY THAT IGNORED THE
  • EARLY WARNING SIGNS.
  • >> IT CAME TO THE COMPANY THAT
  • SOMETHING INDEED WAS GOING WRONG
  • HERE.
  • >> AND NOW CANADIAN TAXPAYERS
  • PICK UP THE TAB IN ADDICTION
  • TREATMENT CLINICS ACROSS THE
  • COUNTRY.
  • >> WE'RE FACED WITH THE
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A father, a mother and a brother stand convicted of the first-degree murders of four women found drowned in a submerged car in a Kingston, Ont. canal -- the so-called "honour killing" that has shocked a nation. But so many questions still remain.

How were three young women and their stepmother held as virtual captives in their own home in a country that prides itself on protecting women and children? How did police and social workers -- highly trained to recognize vulnerable people in potential danger -- not pick up and act on the warning signs that were so obvious to teachers, relatives and friends?

Family and friends break their silence for the first time and reveal what life was like under the iron-fisted rule of a domineering father whose word was law; with a brother who was his eyes, ears and accomplice; and with a mother whose indifference to her daughters' pleas and whose willingness to be a partner in their murders has shocked so many Canadians.

With exclusive interviews, we'll hear from those close enough to know what was going on: relatives who feared for the girls' safety; teachers at their school who knew there was trouble at home; and the two young men who dared to have feelings for the Shafia sisters, but who in the end could not save them.

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About the fifth estate : For four decades the fifth estate has been Canada's premier investigative documentary program. Hosts Bob McKeown, Gillian Findlay and Mark Kelley continue a tradition of provocative and fearless journalism. the fifth estate brings in-depth investigations that matter to Canadians – delivering a dazzling parade of political leaders, controversial characters and ordinary people whose lives were touched by triumph or tragedy.

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