Canada: Syrian Muslim beat wife with hockey stick for 30 minutes, starred in refugee documentary

Source: The Daily Gleaner – Man Who Beat Wife Said He Didn’t Know It Was Against Law  h/t Jihad Watch who notes, Mohamad was following Qur’an 4:34.

A Fredericton man who beat his wife with a hockey stick for half an hour told a court on May 24 that he didn’t know it was against the law in Canada.

Mohamad Rafia, 54, of Winter Street, a Syrian refugee who arrived in Canada about 14 months ago, pleaded guilty to counts of assault causing bodily harm and uttering threats on May 26.

On Thursday, he was sentenced to time served and a year of probation.

The court heard Rafia beat his wife, Raghda Aldndal, on May 18 and threatened to kill her if she ever left him. Rafia also pulled her hair and slapped her face during the assault, Crown prosecutor Claude Hache said Thursday.

The assault came to light, court was told on Thursday, when a family friend took Aldndal to the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, where she initially told medical staff she’d hurt herself falling in the bathtub.

The couple had been arguing about money, Hache said, and that there was apparent bruising on the victim.

Rafia had been in custody since May 19.

“He says he’s committed a mistake and he’s going to rectify it,” interpreter Abdelhaq Hamza said for Rafia during a May 24 bail hearing.

“He’s saying that he was not aware of the law and he was coming from a background where the laws are completely different.”

Through the interpreter, Rafia said officials didn’t inform him of the differences in the laws in Canada and that more should have been done to educate him.

“Why didn’t they explain the law when we first came?” Rafia said.

A police brief entered as evidence in the bail hearing indicated Rafia was well aware Canadian and Syrian domestic violence laws were the same here.

“Aldndal stated that being assaulted by her spouse is culturally accepted from the country they are from,” the Fredericton police brief stated. “However, the laws [in Syria] do not permit it, and if the aggressor is caught, they will go to jail.”

Lisa Bamford De Gante, executive director of the Multicultural Association of Fredericton, said she could not speak about individual cases, but told The Daily Gleaner that domestic violence is against the law in Syria, and that refugees arriving in Canada go through federal information sessions, which include educating newcomers about Canadian law.

Upon arriving in Fredericton, Bamford De Gante said, there’s an abundance of material and educational sessions presented to refugees. Privately sponsored refugees are presented with the same materials and resources, she said.


A user on gamefaqs.com recalled that Mohamad Rafia starred in a Dateline documentary about Syrian refugees in Canada titled, “Canada’s Open House.”

The same user pointed out the outright lie in the Daily Gleaner article, via (ironically) United Nations Population Fund – Reporting on Gender-Based Violence in the Syria Crisis – A JOURNALIST’S HANDBOOK:

…in Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, and Jordan, the penalties for physical violence are determined in accordance with the number of days of hospitalisation faced by the victim. In Jordan, for example, if the victim requires less than 10 days of hospitalization, the judge has the authority to dismiss the case at his own discretion as a ‘minor offence.’ Mandatory prosecution is only required when the survivor is hospitalised for more than 20 days.

Jordan, Egypt, Syria, and Iraq have legislative provisions providing reduced sentences for a man who kills his wife if she is caught in the act of adultery, or who kills a female relative for ‘illicit’ sexual conduct – so-called ‘honour crimes.’

6 thoughts on “Canada: Syrian Muslim beat wife with hockey stick for 30 minutes, starred in refugee documentary

  1. This is all normal in the 7th Century Lifestyle known as Islam which has not been compatible with any Western Society for over 1400 years as shown by its followers actions. One of the greatest lies ever told, ” Islam is the Religion of Peace “.

  2. What should be done is get a male that is at least 3 times his size & then beat him for 60 minutes. Why 60, it needs to be twice as bad as he gave his wife.

  3. I want freedom. This means from all religions and freedom from non believers. Ket them do their thing and let me do mine.
    I want the right to barbeque on the beach, too, and to cover myself up, wear a bikini or go naked when I feel like it without being gawked at..
    “Your right to swing your fist ends at the tip of my nose…I think Dwight Eisenhower said that.
    to enjoy a cleaned beach by whovever enjoyed it last. to love who I want to love as long as I don’t force myself on them or they , on me.

  4. I want freedom. This means from all religions and freedom from non believers. Let them do their thing and let me do mine.
    I want the right to barbeque on the beach, too, and to cover myself up, wear a bikini or even go naked in a remote lake ir beach if I feel like it without being arredted..
    Ilike the saying: “Your right to swing your fist ends at the tip of my nose” .. .I think Dwight Eisenhower said that.
    I want he right to enjoy a cleaned beach by who ever enjoyed it last picking up their own trash. I want the right to love any adult I want to love as long as I don’t force myself on them or they , on me. .
    I want children and other living things to be safe from predaters, too.

If sharia law continues spreading, you'll have less and less freedom of speech - so speak while you can!

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