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Here is a news story from our friends over at Ummah News Links.

Thirty minutes after reading it, and I’m still shaken. I had to look up what being garrotted means.

Horrific details have been revealed of the last hours of the young Kurdish woman murdered by her family for falling in love with the wrong man.

Banaz Mahmod, 20, was brutally raped and stamped on during a two-hour ordeal before being garotted.

One of her killers was 30-year-old Mohamad Hama, who had been recruited by mahmodandari.jpgBanaz’s father Mahmod Mahmod, 52, and his brother Ari, 51.

Both were found guilty of murder last month.

The shocking details of the killing came to light when Hama was secretly recorded talking to a friend in prison.

He admitted “slapping” and “f***ing” Banaz, who was subjected to degrading sex acts.

Hama and his friend were heard laughing as he described how she was killed in her family home in Mitcham, South London, with Ari Mahmod “supervising”.

The murderers – two other suspects have fled to Iraq – had been told Banaz would be on her own.

Hama is recorded as saying: “Ari (the uncle) said there is no one there. There was someone there, Biza (her sister). The bastard lied to us.”

He said of the murder: “I swear to God it took him more than two hours. Her soul and her life would not leave.”

Banaz was garotted for five minutes, said Hama, but it took another half an hour for her to die.

Hama said: “The wire was thick and the soul would not just leave like that.

“We could not remove it. All in all it took five minutes (to strangle) her.

“I was kicking and stamping on her neck to get the soul out. I saw her stark naked, without wearing pants or underwear.”

Banaz’s body was packed into a suitcase and buried in a garden in Birmingham, where it was found three months later.

The trial of the two brothers heard that Banaz was killed because she had walked out of an unhappy arranged marriage – which she was forced into at just 17 – and fallen in love with Iranian Kurd Rahmat Suleimani, 28.

The pair had been secretly seeing each other, but her family were furious when they found out because Mr Suleimani was not “immediate family” or a strict Muslim.

Terrified, Banaz wrote to police naming people she said were planning to kill her.

Hama was on the list, the court heard. Two other men named by Banaz have fled the country.

Transcripts of the prison recording were read out at a pre- sentence hearing for Hama, of South Norwood, South London, who pleaded guilty to murdering Banaz at an earlier hearing.

Judge Brian Barker, the Common Serjeant of London, sat to assess the extent of Hama’s involvement.

He and the Mahmod brothers are due to be sentenced tomorrow.

Victor Temple QC, prosecuting, told the court that Hama, who sat impassively in the dock, took a “leading part” in raping and killing Banaz in January last year then dumping her body.

He was said to have been recorded expressing concern because his fingerprints and DNA were on her body.

He was also concerned that a leaking pipe at the house where she was buried was sending water through the suitcase, possibly uncovering it.

During another taped conversation, Hama joked about Banaz’s hair and elbow sticking out of the suitcase and how a police patrol drove past while he was helping to drag it to a car.

He said: “The road was crowded. The police came past. People were passing by – and we were dragging the bag.

“I almost ran away. Mr Ari (was dragging it) and we were around by each side of him.

“You know what it was, sticking out, her elbow, her hair was falling out so much. That was a stupid thing, a silly thing.”

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“Hydrogel” repairs and regenerates human tissue

In a major step forward for applied medical research, scientists at the University of Delaware have announced a breakthrough discovery of a bio-material that may be used to repair and regenerate human tissue.


University of Delaware researchers said the biomaterial can be injected as a low-viscosity gel into a wound where it rigidifies nearly on contact, opening the door to the possibility of delivering cells and antibiotics to repair damaged tissue.

The researchers said the new technology has the potential of regenerating healthy tissue in a cancer-ridden liver, healing a biopsy site and providing wounded soldiers in battle with pain-killing, infection-fighting medical treatment.

Associate Professors Joel Schneider and Darrin Pochan said their patented invention marks a major step forward in the development of hydrogels for medical applications.

Schneider and Pochan reported their research in the May 8 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Their research is funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Source: United Press International

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