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.
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.’