Death sentence for murderer of IDP father and his six-year-old daughter

Akhnin Farooq, six, and her father Farooq Mirza, 42, were killed on August 4th, 2022. Photos shared by relatives with KirkukNow

The Duhok court sentenced to death the killer of a man and his six-year-old daughter in a hearing held on Wednesday, Octber 5th.

Farooq Mirza, 42, an Ezidi (Yazidi) Internally Displaced Person IDP was living Cham Mishko camp in Zakho district of Duhok province. On August 4th, he goes out with his six-years-old daughter to a farm of a friend of him in Bedare near Zakho district and have never made it back.

The body of Mirza was found in the farm on August 9th. Eight days later, Duhok police arrested a man who confessed to killing the Mirza and his daughter.

Faisal Ali, a relative of Mirza, told KirkukNow, “The Duhok court gave a fair verdict against the killer of Farooq and his daughter, which was the death penalty. It is a big pleasure for all relatives and Ezidis since he committed an atrocious crime.”

"We call on the security agencies to execute him as soon as possible, so that we can have peace of mind, and so that no one else thinks of such a crime,” he added.

Akhink's mother and all his relatives were present at the hearing.

The Duhok Police Directorate confirmed the court's decision in a post on their Facebook account.

According to information obtained by KirkukNow from the security forces in Duhok province, the killer had a criminal record and was charges also for the kidnapping of two little girls from Syria while they were selling tissues on the streets of Duhok couple of years ago.

Criminal records showed the murdered has spent a 3-year imprisonment sentence yet KirkukNow could not get further no details about the case and his release.

On August 8, a police source in Zakho confirmed to KirkukNow that the body of Mirza was found in the same farm they were invited by a friend. The distance between Mirza's camp and the farm of his friend is half an hour drive by car.

Farooq's family are from Borik community of Shingal (Sinjar) district, home to the Ezidi community in Ninewa province. He is father of four other daughters, the youngest of whom is one-year-old.

There are more than 664,000 IDPs in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq KRI, some of whom are staying in 26 camps in Duhok, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah provinces. They are reluctant to return home due to lack of stability, reconstruction and job opportunities.

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