Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999–…): Season 2, Episode 2 - Honor - full transcript

The assault of an Afghan diplomat's daughter.

In the criminal justice system,

sexually-based offenses
are considered especially heinous

In New York City,

the dedicated detectives who investigate
these vicious felonies are members

of an elite squad known
as The Special Victims Unit.

These are their stories.

I found her moaning, half-naked,
bleeding from her chest and privates.

Couldn't tell her age.
Her face was too badly beaten.

She moan anything
you could make out?

Nothing that sounded like words.

We got this call 45 minutes ago.
Why is she still here?

They've only been here five minutes.

Moses wasn't available to
part the morning rush hour.

Deep stab wound, left chest.

- Hand me a 4 by 4.
- I was afraid to move her.

I called for the bus, I put a rush on it.

What have we got?

Good old-fashioned stoning,
New York style.

My guess, after the stabbing and rape.

What about the weapon?

- Nothing yet.
- Any ID?

Still looking.

BP 90 over 60.
That's as good as we're gonna get.

Let's get her out of here.

What is this, open season?

A few drinks, a little smoke,

a bunch of guys
wet down a couple dozen women?

- Wilding's back in vogue.
- I hate that word "wilding."

Like it's some kind of party.

You ride, I'll cover the scene?

Law & Order SVU
2x02 Honor


Is there anything
I can tell the chief of detectives

when he calls me for the fifth time?

Female Jane Doe, probably in her 20s.

She was raped, stabbed,
and beaten with stones. Left for dead.

No clue who she is?

We grid-searched,
put divers in the pond.

The scene was pretty much trampled.

It could have been a dump job.
No ID, no knife.

I rode the bus with her.

She was mumbling something
in Arabic or Hebrew.

Nothing that I could make out.


That was the hospital.
They got post-op photos for us.

They poured four units in her.

It's touch and go she'll survive.

What about the rape kit?

It turned up hair, semen, bruising,

and blood from a freshly perforated hymen.

A virgin.

You know what the chief was telling me
during our last conversation?

It's pucker time, folks.

Now, call every precinct, transit,
and housing district.

See if anybody reported her missing.

Go talk to the park precinct captain.

See if there's any ongoing problems
we should know about.

But be warned,
that guy is a jerk times 10.

Crime in the park is the lowest in 30 years.

It was different today.

Today was an anomaly.
That's why I'm out here.

All we're asking is whether you have
any wolf-pack type activity on your radar.

Like the wilding
after the Portofino Day Parade.

Another anomaly.

Look, we get the usual isolated incidents,
but no gangs.

- Not in my park.
- Captain, one more question...

Look, call me.
I got people waiting.

Had a nice chat with your superior.

Lovely guy.

Capt. Walson give you
the not-in-my-park routine?

Why? You know different?

He's worried about getting his ass dragged
down to the Morris Commission.

Why, what's he spooked about?

The brass versus big bucks,
with him in the middle.

Bunch of private school punks on their
mountain bikes trying to be gangsters

who get their kicks lifting purses,
or surrounding some pretty thing

and scaring the hell out of her.

And he didn't tell us this because...

Because he didn't spot this pattern
till yesterday.

Know who these kids are?

Yeah, I busted one of
their leaders last week.

Apartment of Chris Lyons
63 West 88th Street
Tuesday, September 19

Hi. I'm Detective Benson.
This is Detective Stabler.

What now?

- Is Chris Lyons at home?
- You want to talk to him?

Here, call our attorney.

Okay. We can either do this the easy way,
or we can do it your way.

Now, your way means a search warrant.

Six officers inside your townhouse

turning it upside down well
into the evening.

I'm sure your neighbors
would understand.

We'll meet you at our attorney's office.

Is there a reason
you're harassing my client?

Yeah. Your client was arrested last week

for threatening a mother walking her
infant in a stroller.

She was a dime, yo.

- I was just checking her out.
- Chris.

We've already answered that charge.

Hey, yo, where were you
early this morning?

My God.
You're talking about that woman.

The attack in the park.

How dare you accuse my son...


I wasn't there.

He was home all night.

And don't you say another word.

How about we hear about it from him?

How about we don't?
He's 15.

Hey, yo, homeys, you walk the walk.

You got it in you to talk the talk?

So we like to look at the ladies.

But what happened to that lady,

we're not down with that.

What are you down with?


From 1:00 in the morning
till Pops here kicked me off.

Around 9:00.

You can check our records.

We'll be in touch with you.

What have we got?

Lab called. It's not what we thought.

Your victim only had
one person's DNA inside her.

She was dumped after she was stabbed.

Are you sure about that?

Hospital says
she lost half her blood volume.

We didn't find anywhere near
that amount of blood at the scene.

Okay. Fibers?

White cotton.

Found in the blood, on her clothes,
her legs and genitals.

Meaning she wasn't wearing any pants.

The attack followed the rape
by maybe eight hours.

Anything on the rocks?

We found a bloody print.

Doesn't match the victim or anyone
in the system. But this...

may help you ID her.

She was wearing it.

CSU picked it up at the hospital.


You wanted to go back to college.

Now's your chance.

Hanford University Admissions Office
Wednesday, September 20

Any of these?


No. No. No.

We think she's from somewhere
in the Middle East, maybe Israel.

Wait. Elliot, look at this.

Amir... / Amir, Nafeesa.

23, School of Journalism.
Post office box...

That zip code looks like the East Village.

She's from Afghanistan.

Emergency notification, Daoud Tarzi,
East Village.

We need to fax Munch that photo ID.

Mr. Tarzi?

He doesn't live here anymore.
What do you want?

Who are you?

David Hamoud.

How about some ID?

Anything with a photo on it?

No, I don't drive...

and my passport's
in my safety deposit box.

Have you seen this woman?

No. Who is she?

How long have you lived here?

I just moved in last week.

Do you know where Mr. Tarzi is?

I'd tell you who the super is if I knew.

I got a stuffed drain with his name on it.

You got that trying to fix it yourself?

Yeah, as a matter of fact.

I'm sorry, if you'll excuse me.
I'm late for a meeting.

I'll be back in the evening
if you want to talk.

Oh, God.

Is that her?

I can't be sure.

She missed class this morning.

Is that unusual?

I've had Nafeesa in different sections
each semester.

She's never missed a class.

Professor, you ever talk one-on-one
with her? / Constantly.

She couldn't believe
how free the press is here.

The Taliban government
in Afghanistan controls the media

- the way they control women.
- She came here to escape?

Well, unless she sneaked
out of the country

her parents must also be here.

Afghan women can't even leave
their homes on their own.

She have any friends in the class?

Annette Fleming.
They were joined at the hip.

It's her.

I can't believe it.

When was the last time you saw her?

Just yesterday, in class.
How could this happen?

Well, maybe you can help us find out.

Was she acting like
anything was wrong lately?

The opposite. Nafeesa was loving life.

She have a boyfriend?

She wouldn't talk about it.

I think it was her way
of protecting herself.

Protecting herself from what?

Her father.

An Afghan diplomat.

She thought that he may
have been looking for her.

If he had his way, Nafeesa and
I wouldn't even be friends.

Sounds like a strict guy.

A control freak.

He wouldn't let her go out,
made her wear the robes.

Like she had to back home?

She'd wear them when she left the house

and change when she got to school.

She hated so much that
she had to do that.

She was talking to Prof. Husseini,
who was helping her to adjust.

And where did she keep
these forbidden clothes?

In her locker.

- You gotta sign for this.
- Yep.

- That's it?
- That'll be all.

Thanks, guys.

Can you imagine what Maureen would do
if you told her she couldn't wear jeans?

That's a place I wouldn't go.

- Boyfriend?
- Could be.

Her address. East Side.

Apartment of Saleh and Aziza Amir
719 Third Avenue
Wednesday, September 20

This young woman was found in the park.

Do you recognize her?

It is our daughter.

She's in Intensive Care at Mount Sinai.

She's dead?

Actually, she's in critical condition,
but she is still alive.

Nafeesa did not understand her place.

She chooses a man's work.

She turns her back on her traditions,
on her family.

We still have a son, Jaleel.

But she is dead to us.

Sir, your daughter was
beaten and raped.

- It is zina.
- Zina?

She has slept with a man
who was not her husband.

Do you recognize this man?


Your son is...

He's not here.


My wife and I suffer agony that
she chose this life.

Please to leave us to grieve
for our daughter.

What, it's her fault she was raped?

She brought shame and
dishonor to her family.

They behead women for that
where she comes from.

My first wife dishonored me.
I had to pay her alimony.

Look what we found in the knapsack.

Boyfriend, maybe? Suspect.

We're in the diplomatic community now.

Anybody know what her father
does for the Afghanis?

Only that he's with the mission.

Well, let's get specific, people.

If they're covered by immunity
and we go to them with anything

but their daughter's condition
the "G" is all over us.

- Son of a bitch.
- What?

It's that guy from the apartment.

- Who said he never heard of her.
- Right.

Well, maybe we should refresh his memory.

Pick him up.

He's halfway down the block.

He made us.

Hi. How are you?

Stick them in the air.
Nice tackle.

You won't find her!

I'll never tell them where she is!

Hear that?
I'll never tell them where she is.

Who's them?

You'll never find her.
We already did.

You have the right to remain silent.

Anything you say can and will be used
against you in a court of law.

You have the right to an attorney...

Name's Daoud Tarzi, 33.
No priors.

Immigration said he got here in '88,
alone, no family.

Became a citizen in '93.

And what does he do?

His own import-export business.

Well, let's keep this out of the papers
until we're sure he's the doer.

I want to see her.

Why? So you can beat her up
some more?

How bad is she?


I'm responsible for this.

Okay, you want to tell us about it?

I love her.

We argued.

She ran out.

What did you fight about?

Does it matter?
Her father already won.

Won what?

His twisted sense of honor.

His revenge for her leaving home.

Well, he said she was dead to him.
Didn't sound like he wanted revenge.

What he doesn't want is a reputation for
letting his women do what they please.

What do you want?

For her to stop acting like
she's from some primitive tribe.

You couldn't handle that.

She wouldn't let go.

So you decided to do
something about it.

I overreacted.

We argued.

I dared her to leave.

I never thought she'd leave.

I love her.

I wanted to marry her.

Find somebody who heard that argument.

I'll call Cabot for warrants.

Yeah, I heard them fighting.

In their first language.
English is definitely their second.

Anything you understood?

Before the screaming started

she called him a control freak.

- And something about her father.
- Then what?

Then five minutes of gibberish.

Door slams,
and one of them stomps down the stoop.

- Just one of them?
- Yeah, just one.

Whoever stayed turned on the TV.

They looked happy.

They all look happy.

Hey. / This was in the laundry.
Bed sheet.

There's blood on it.

Okay, lab says the bloodstain
on the bed sheets, it's hers.

Semen's definitely his.

What about the stones?

No match on the prints but...

they got an odd reading on the blood,
so they're retesting it.

Print's not his or hers.

Even without the blood on the rocks,
it's his semen.

Her blood on his sheets.

It's no problem.

Arraignment Court Part 69
Friday, September 22

People v. Daoud Tarzi.

"One count attempted murder,
second degree"

"one count rape in the first degree."

Mr. Gibson, how does your client plead?

Not guilty on both counts, Your Honor.

Ms. Cabot?

Your Honor, this was
a particularly brutal crime.

The victim was raped, stabbed,
beaten, and left to die.

We're asking for remand without bail.

My client has no criminal history,
Your Honor.

He's an upstanding member
of his community

he has his own
import-export business...

Good. Let's make sure
he doesn't export himself.

The defendant is remanded without bail.

What does that mean?

Her parents are here.

He wants me to tell you that
her parents are here.

- So noted.
- He also wants me to tell you

that he will take a lie detector test
against my advice.

Our examiner.

I'll set it up.

Is your name Daoud Tarzi?


Were you born in Lebanon?


Were you born in Afghanistan?


Did you rape Nafeesa Amir?


- Do you now live in Afghanistan?
- Her parents were at the arraignment.

That's a strange way to show
you don't care.

Do you now live in the United States?


Did you stab Nafeesa Amir?


- How did he do?
- Passed.

Or beat it.

He's not the first person to fool the box.

If he can fool the box,
he can fool the jury.

Maybe he's telling the truth.

If he proposed marriage to Nafeesa

there has to be somebody else
who knows about the relationship.

She wouldn't even tell her
best friend about it

for fear of how her family would react.

That Hanford professor.

He's a Mideast specialist.

He was counseling Nafeesa
on adapting to life in America.

We were going to go talk to him
until we thought Tarzi confessed.

Well, let's see if your professor can tell us
why their love had to be such a secret.

Nafeesa Amir came to you for help.

Lots of students from
my part of the world do.

To help them assimilate.

It's tough enough for a man.
It's even tougher for a woman.

How so?

They're tempted by all of the things
they're not allowed to do back home.

Under the Taliban regime,
that means almost everything.

Like having a job, going to school.

Leaving the house alone, or
without every inch of one's body covered.

She would be scorned as a vice-monger.

What about her family?
They've been here for years.

Her family, like all the Afghan diplomats
at the UN

are holdovers from the previous government.

They treated women like something
more than just indentured servants.

But when the Taliban took over,

they put women under virtual house arrest.

There is nothing in the Koran
that allows them to do that.

Well, tell their thugs.

It would be like the militia running
this country.

That's why the UN won't recognize them.

It would be very dangerous for
Nafeesa's family to try and go back home.

So Nafeesa's father is not a Taliban?

Maybe he's a Taliban mole.

Just because he doesn't wear their colors
does not mean he isn't with them.

Nafeesa had to choose
between her family and her future.

She wanted to live as a modern woman.

She had to leave
her parents' home to do it.

Was there any reason
she'd want to hide from her family?

If she tried this kind of thing
in Afghanistan...

women there have been
murdered for less.

Much less.

We have enough to convict you,
Mr. Tarzi.

Even if you did pass the lie detector test,
you confessed to the police.

I never confessed.

You said, quote,
"I am responsible for this."

I meant that I feel responsible,
not that I attacked her.

He passed the lie detector test.

- It wasn't his DNA on the stones.
- It was his DNA inside her.

We were from
the same part of Afghanistan.

Near Kabul.

I helped her to find an apartment.

I wanted to help her find herself.

What was she looking for?

To be more than a factory
for producing sons.

We fell in love...

but we couldn't tell anyone.

She didn't want her father to find her.

Why? Was she afraid of him?

She's the reason he has his job...

his apartment, his car with a driver.

How is it, in a society where a woman
has no authority, she has all this power?

He promised her to the son of
a government minister.

Turning her back on that was
like spitting in her father's face.

And the night Nafeesa was attacked?

I asked her to marry me.

Gave her a diamond ring.

She said yes.

She was a virgin.

- You forced her.
- No.

She didn't say no.

But I shouldn't have pushed her.

And she walked out?

She said I was trying to dominate her.

She throws the ring in my face.

Before I could stop her,
she's out the door.

I should have tried to stop her.

Why all the lies?

You see this?

It's from a cop.

What cop?

Came looking for Nafeesa.

He had a gold badge.

I knew Nafeesa's father sent him.

If it isn't Bishop Tutuola.

John Munch. Ross Campo.

What brings you guys to this dump?


- It's yours.
- What about it?

You laid it on the boyfriend of that girl
we found in the park.

I got nothing to say about that.

He does. Especially the part about
you breaking his head.

Like you never tuned
anyone up on the job?

My pleasing personality
usually does the trick.

You, on the other hand,
weren't on the job.

So I do a little work on the side.
Help me out here, Fin.

Come on.

Better us bring this to you than IAB, right?

Last time I checked, cops weren't
allowed to moonlight as Pls.

Three weeks ago...

boss at the security company
I work for gets a call.

Some diplomat looking for
his missing daughter.

Says they're going back to their tent
in the desert, wants to bring her with them.

- Asked me to check it out.
- You find her?

I got as far as the boyfriend.

Says he doesn't know her.

His mouth is moving,
her picture's hanging behind him.

Like I'm some knucklehead.

So I tune him up a little.

But he still didn't tell you.

Said I might as well shoot him,
'cause he was never gonna tell me.

And she never showed?

I sat on the place for two nights.

- Final lab report.
- And?

We've got a problem.

There were two types of
DNA on the stones.

One was Nafeesa's,
and the other was Tarzi's.

Well, if not him, then who?

That's why they retested the blood.

Lab says both DNA types have
similar characteristics.

Meaning it was a family member.

Anything else we don't know
about these people?

The State Department has
the father listed as an attache.

Diplomatic rank.

Jaleel Amir just turned 21,
graduated NYU.

He still lives with his parents?

Yes, he does.

But he's not a student?


His immunity expired the day
he turned 21.

She died 10 minutes ago.

Has Nafeesa Amir been around lately?

Yeah. She was here Tuesday night.

What time?

Around 7:00.

Woman gets out of a cab,
tries to run past me.

I didn't know it was Nafeesa.
She wasn't wearing the get-up.

- She say anything to you?
- Too busy crying.

I know she's family.
I just let her go up.

Did you see her leave?

No. But that doesn't mean she didn't.

I get off at 11:00. Ask the night guy.

Anyone else in her family,
you see them come in or out?

Her brother came out.


Bastard treats me like his personal slave.

- What time was that?
- Around 8:00.

He calls, orders me to bring
the big shopping cart upstairs.

Did you?

You kidding? The guy hasn't
tipped me in four years.

Told him I couldn't leave the desk,
come get it yourself.

Any idea what he wanted it for?

Whatever it was,
he didn't bring it through this door.

Must have put it in his car in the garage.

I told you to leave us alone!

Sir, your daughter passed away,
and you don't even care.


Go now. Where's your son?

Get out.

We know Nafeesa was here
the night of the attack.

Doorman saw her come in.
Nobody saw her leave.

Because your son took her out through
the garage and dumped her in the park.

Were you watching when
he put the knife through her heart?

She was a whore, like you.

She was your daughter!

He is on his way home to Afghanistan.


My son is protected by the Vienna Convention.

Arresting him is a violation
of international law.

You need to take a refresher course
in international law.

The day he turned 21,
his number was up.

Would you like some?

- Juice?
- No, thanks. We're just visiting.

Jaleel Amir?

I am proud I killed her.
She deserved to die.

This amuse you?

Jaleel Amir, you're under arrest
for the murder of Nafeesa Amir.

You have the right to remain silent.

You think you can arrest me?

My father will have me
on the next plane home.

I'll probably need Munch for trial.

Anticipating problems?

A diplomat's son?
I expect a very heavy gun.

Captain. Ms. Cabot.

Something wrong, sir?

All I want to know is,

did two of your detectives
harass a diplomatic attache?

No, sir. We went looking for his son.

But what we should have done was
arrest Saleh Amir

as an accomplice to
his daughter's murder.

- If I may, I'd like to...
- No, you may not.

Amir has filed a formal complaint
against the US government

for his ill-treatment by the NYPD,
and the Feds are eating it up.

The case against Jaleel Amir is solid,

and frankly, it's out of your hands.

I've got two rogue cops
who browbeat foreign officials

two others who don't understand
the basic Miranda warning.

Cases get dismissed for much less.

The suspect was properly Mirandized.

He did confess before he was warned,
but it was an excited utterance.

Which makes it admissible.

The only way this case will not see

the inside of a courtroom
is if Jaleel pleads out.

I suggest that you reconsider your position.

And why would I want to do that?

To save your own skin?

I need the five on your tete-a-tete
with Saleh Amir.

- I'm cleaning it up right now.
- If it's not pig Latin, "now" means now.

All right.
Where's the heat coming from?

The Commissioner.
Saleh Amir told the State Department

that we violated Article 30
of the Vienna Convention

because you grilled him about his son.

We didn't grill him.

If this had happened back home Jaleel
would have done three months in prison

and gotten a hero's welcome
when he came out.

Well, this is the Afghanis playing hardball.

Chambers of Judge Alan Ridenour
Thursday, October 26

They didn't Mirandize my client.

It was an excited utterance.

- We have a planeload of witnesses.
- Relax, Ms. Cabot.

I'm not about to penalize
the police for doing their job.

Mr. Amir's confession
was an excited utterance, and it's in.

In that case, Your Honor,
my client is changing his plea

to not guilty by reason of mental disease
or defect. / Give me a break.

My client didn't know what he was doing
was wrong when he killed his sister.

Ignorance of the law is not
an affirmative defense.

He told the police
he was proud of what he did.

That sound sane to you?

Your Honor,
it's obvious what he's doing.

He can't hide behind the
Fourth Amendment, so now it's insanity.

And if I ignore him,
it could be reversed on appeal.

I'm ordering Mr. Amir
be examined by a psychiatrist.

Rikers Island Correctional Facility
Friday, October 27

You have nightmares about Nafeesa?

The Koran says Nafeesa's shame
before God is her own.

That it can't be passed to you,

that she faces the consequences alone.

Did Abraham have a choice when
Allah commanded him to kill his own son?

I can't talk about this.

Can't or don't want to?

I have nightmares.
Isn't that enough?

How long have you had the nightmares?

Since I was 8 years old.

When it happened.

Do they wake you up?

After he slits her throat.

Whose throat? aunt.

I can't do this.

Because you couldn't stop it?

I was a child.

My father made me watch.

How was I supposed to stop it?

Your father killed your aunt?

My grandfather.

His grandfather killed his aunt
because she cheated on her husband.

Jaleel was just following the rules.

He's perverting holy scripture
to justify murder.

It's what he was taught.

His rite of passage to manhood, to honor.

Meaning he doesn't know
what he did was wrong?

I think he does.

I asked him if he has nightmares
about his sister.

He wouldn't answer.

His body language said yes.

And a jury may be just
as confused as he is.

Then you have to get a jury that
can see past their confusion.

Mrs. Weinberger,
would you have a problem

finding a defendant from
the Middle East not guilty?

Absolutely not.

Thank you.

Mr. Post.

We thank Mrs. Weinberger for her service,
and ask that she be excused.

Approach, Your Honor?

Your Honor, all 10 of his peremptory
challenges have been women or Jews.

I don't have to give a reason.

If this continues I'll have
to ask for a Batson hearing.

- You can't let her stack the jury...
- With women?

People v. Blunt.

The appellate division specifically
applied Batson to gender discrimination.

It applies to religion, too.

Your Honor... / Careful, Mr. Post.
Ms. Cabot is right.

You don't want a Batson hearing
in this court.

Supreme Court Trial Part 78
Wednesday, November 1

We boarded the plane. The defendant
was sitting in the first-class cabin.

Did he know you were there for him?

Yes. He smiled.

Tell the jury what happened next.

Before we could read him
his Miranda Rights

Mr. Amir confessed to having
killed his sister.

What were his exact words?

"I'm proud that I killed her.
She deserved to die."

Thank you, Detective.

So, Mr. Amir showed no remorse
for having murdered his sister?

On the contrary, he was proud of it.

In fact, you said he seemed
glad to see you.

I said he smiled.

He smiled at you and said
he was proud.

Doesn't seem like something
a sane person would do.

Objection! Detective Munch
is not a psychiatrist.


Detective, how many people have
you arrested in your career?

- I don't know the exact number.
- More than 100, correct?


How many of them smiled at you

and said they were proud
of having killed someone?


And the defendant is that one person,
isn't that right, Detective?


No further questions.

He shows signs of severe trauma.

What signs?

Delusional thinking...

night terrors, vivid, recurring dreams
that wake him.

He avoids talking about it if he can.

In your professional opinion, Doctor

do these symptoms prevent Mr. Amir

from knowing the difference
between right and wrong?


Thank you.

Dr. Skoda, you say the defendant knows

what he did was wrong by our standards.


Doctor, if I wake in the night
and I hear a noise, and I take my gun,

and I shoot an intruder in my house

I know killing is morally wrong,

yet I did what I had to do
to save my family from harm.

How is that different from
what the defendant did?

Objection. Relevance?

Goes to the defendant's state of mind.

If you're arguing self-defense,
this is an insanity case.

And this question goes directly to
what was in my client's mind.

I'll allow it.

Please answer the question, Doctor.

Jaleel's sister wasn't threatening to kill him.

But Jaleel thought his sister's actions

threatened to destroy his life
and the lives of his future children.

Isn't that right, Doctor?

It's not a valid comparison.

Please answer the question, Doctor.

Isn't it true my client believed

his sister's actions threatened
the lives of his family?

It's possible.

I can't say with certainty
what he was thinking.


Thank you, Doctor.

In Deuteronomy, the Bible says

if a man meets a virgin in a town
and sleeps with her

you shall stone them both to death.

But, Professor, honor killing isn't
about religion.


The Koran says all humans are equal.

It is about families and their honor
that determines their status in society.

So if a man believes a woman
in his family is sexually promiscuous

she has reason to fear for her life.

Yes. But countries like
Jordan and Egypt are trying

to make honor killing as legally heinous
as any other murder...

with the same penalties.

Thank you, Professor.

Prof. Husseini,

honor killings are part of
ancient cultural tenets.


Part of the cultural fabric that
pre-exists modern society.


So if you're raised in the tradition
of this ancient culture

what would you believe would
happen to a family without honor?

The men could lose their jobs,

the children could become outcasts

the family could be scorned and mocked,
with no chance of success...

until the honor is restored.

And for a man, that means
controlling his women?


Isn't it true that last year,

three out of every four murders in the
Gaza Strip and West Bank were honor killings?

Yes. But the Palestinians...

Isn't it true that the only way
these countries have to protect women

from their own families is
to put them in prison?

In protective custody, yes.

And isn't it correct, Professor
that in this barbaric custom,

the more brutal the killing
the greater the honor restored to the family?


So it's reasonable,
having grown up in this world

my client may have come to accept honor
killing as necessary to survive?

Well, he may have accepted it,

but I hardly think that it is reasonable.

I had to restore my family's honor.
We would never survive the shame.

You've had time to think about it.

Would you change anything that happened,
if you could?

I would change what Nafeesa did to us.

Thank you.

You killed your sister because
she was with a man.

Her marriage was arranged.

Being with another man was
not her decision to make.

When you dumped your sister's body
in the park

why did you leave her half-naked?

To shame her as she shamed us.

And the stones?

That is what we do to whores
in my country.

You're proud of what you did?


Then, Mr. Amir, why did you run away?

What do you mean?

You're a man, aren't you?

A man stands up and takes responsibility.

A man isn't afraid to face the
consequences of his actions.

- I am not afraid.
- No?

The police arrested you on the plane.
You were running away.

Does that sound honorable to you?

Does that sound like something
a real man would do?

You are twisting everything.

Objection. Badgering the witness.

Even now, you were looking at
your father to tell you what to do.

Does he tell you what to do?

Did he tell you what to do that night, too?

Objection! Irrelevant.
Move to strike.

The jury will disregard the previous mention
of the defendant's father.

Move on, Ms. Cabot.

You were afraid of spending the rest of
your life in an American prison weren't you?

That's a lie! / Because you knew
what you did was wrong.

No! I did it for our family's honor!

I'm concerned the jury's buying
Jaleel's act.

What? That anyone who kills his own sister
has to believe he's doing the right thing?

What? That anyone who kills his own sister
has to believe he's doing the right thing?

Right. Which makes him guilty
by reason of mental disease or defect.

Right. Which makes him guilty
by reason of mental disease or defect.

- Hard to argue with that logic.
- You can see my problem.

- Hard to argue with that logic.
- You can see my problem.

When we collared him,
he was sitting in first class

When we collared him,
he was sitting in first class

no cap, no beads, styling in totally
westernized Internet casual.

no cap, no beads, styling in totally
westernized Internet casual.

His wardrobe isn't helping me.

His wardrobe isn't helping me.

If the jury thinks Jaleel is
culture-programmed to kill

If the jury thinks Jaleel is
culture-programmed to kill

he gets his insanity verdict.

he gets his insanity verdict.

Well, we're out of people to say otherwise.

Well, we're out of people to say otherwise.

His culture didn't program him to kill.
His father did.

His culture didn't program him to kill.
His father did.

Jaleel is afraid of him.
Everybody is afraid of Saleh Amir.

Jaleel is afraid of him.
Everybody is afraid of Saleh Amir.

Except for one person.
We're forgetting Mrs. Amir.

Except for one person.
We're forgetting Mrs. Amir.

Mrs. Amir is out-of-bounds.

Mrs. Amir is out-of-bounds.

Anyway, Mrs. Amir would
never give up her son

Anyway, Mrs. Amir would
never give up her son

- or go against her husband.
- She already has,

- or go against her husband.
- She already has,

on both counts when she told us
that he was on a plane home to Afghanistan.

on both counts when she told us
that he was on a plane home to Afghanistan.

She testifies, she's
sentencing herself to death.

She testifies, she's
sentencing herself to death.

She defied her husband once

She defied her husband once

because he's the reason
that her daughter's dead.

because he's the reason
that her daughter's dead.

She wants justice for her memory.

She wants justice for her memory.

We reach out to her again,
I think she'll defy him again to get it.

We reach out to her again,
I think she'll defy him again to get it.

We can't ask unless
we're ready to protect her.

We can't ask unless
we're ready to protect her.

We're ready, 24-7.
Talk to her. Let her know that.

We're ready, 24-7.
Talk to her. Let her know that.

But don't cross the diplomatic line.

But don't cross the diplomatic line.

Apartment of Saleh and Aziza Amir
719 Third Avenue
Thursday, November 2

Apartment of Saleh and Aziza Amir
719 Third Avenue
Thursday, November 2

I have already lost Nafeesa.

I have already lost Nafeesa.

I don't want to lose Jaleel, too.

I don't want to lose Jaleel, too.

But Nafeesa hasn't lost her honor.

But Nafeesa hasn't lost her honor.

Have you lost yours?

Have you lost yours?

You don't understand.

You don't understand.

I think we do. buying
Jaleel's act.

I think we do.

Nafeesa was your husband's ticket home.

He promised her to a Taliban, didn't he?

And when he found out that she
was sleeping with somebody else

he had Jaleel kill her in the name of honor.

We can offer protection to you.

I don't want your protection.

I want my daughter.

Nafeesa came home to be with us.

My husband asked her

if she was still a virgin.

She wasn't.

What did he do?

Hit her.

She fell.

Then Jaleel tried to help her.

My husband said:

"Let her lie there, like she lies with
her American boyfriend."

What happened next?

My husband got a knife from the kitchen.

Jaleel, he begged him not to.

But my husband told Jaleel to kill her..

for our honor.

To kill her...

to prove his manhood.

And he stabbed her.

And they took her away.

- Has the jury reached a verdict?
- We have, Your Honor.

Will the defendant please rise?

On the charge of murder
in the second degree, how do you find?

We find the defendant guilty.

This court is dismissed.


Jaleel is convicted.
Murder two.


You know, Saleh Amir didn't
miss a second of this trial until today.

You'd think he'd want to hear the verdict.

- He's gone.
- Saleh Amir?

Left last night in a limo.

All that baggage,
looked like it was for good.

- What about the wife?
- She wasn't with him.

Okay, we need the keys now.