Since she did not submit to her moral standards, two brothers are said to have killed her sister in 2021 and then brought her to Bavaria in a trolley case. One of the suspects now makes a confession, but describes other motives for the crime in court.
Surprisingly, one of the two brothers who are said to have killed their sister and transported her body to Bavaria in a suitcase broke his silence and confessed to the killing. After a six-month process before the Berlin district court, the 27-year-old described a dispute with the 34-year-old that escalated. He did not want to kill his sister, the accused explained through one of his defense attorneys. The public prosecutor assumes a joint murder. "I sincerely regret my anger that led to the injury and eventual death of my sister," the 27-year-old's attorney read. "I'm very sorry about what happened."
It was said that there was a heated argument about money for her family back home. His sister didn't want her parents to come to Germany from Afghanistan. In the Berlin apartment of his co-accused brother, he grabbed his sister and took her head under his arm. As children, they would often have fought like this. "But she got heavy and fell to the ground." In a panic, he came up with the idea of bringing the body to Bavaria. His brother was not in the apartment when it happened. He only helped to transport the suitcase - "because the suitcase was too heavy".
The accused are said to have brought the body in a trolley with a taxi to the Berlin-Südkreuz train station and then by ICE to Bavaria. Around three weeks later, the corpse - hands and feet tied with tape, mouth and nose wrapped with tape - was discovered in a hole in the ground near where the older defendant lived in Bavaria. The 27-year-old's statement went on to say that he met with his sister on July 13, 2021 to arrange an apartment for her and their two children.
He had previously transferred 400 euros to the family in Afghanistan. His goal was 5000 euros. "I really wanted the whole family to come here." His sister didn't want that - "she said she didn't care about our parents, that they didn't take care of us and didn't send us to school". He felt that this was "disrespectful, unfair" and got angry.
The 27-year-old explained the cut throat: "I got the suitcase and saw that it would not fit with the head. I then cut the neck once." His brother came into the apartment shortly afterwards. "He wanted to call a doctor, I forbade it." He asked the 23-year-old to give him tape and help him transport the suitcase.
The case had triggered a debate about the term "honor killing" and the failed integration of refugees. The woman and the brothers came to Germany from Afghanistan a few years ago. She divorced her Afghan husband in 2018. The victim had two children, ages 10 and 14. The hearing will continue on September 12th.