Savage murder in Djelfa


Murder in DjelfaA few days after my post on crime rate evolution in Algeria compared with that in the Western world, I read this horrific story in El Khabar today. I was shaken to the core, the extermination of the entire family by close family members for 1.000.000 Algerian Dinars (the equivalent of around 10.000 Euros) and some jewelry is just shocking. And the worst is, I do not think the murdrers were under the influence of drugs, a cool-headed premeditated murder by the look of it! I believe that capital punishment should be reinstated.

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I enjoy writing, well communicating to be more precise as writing is somewhat a solitary activity. I tend to think that life is beautiful and interesting but people tend to over-complicate it. I like thinking about people and societies (netfelssaf like we say in Algerian). Apart from that, am relatively begnin.

7 thoughts on “Savage murder in Djelfa

  1. The dramatic change our society has gone through during the past two decades is just frightening. Life became worthless, and moral values are no more.

  2. Hi,

    Your conclusion is you believe that capital punishment should be reinstated, I would imaging that you might also beleive that it will act as a good deterrent, which many people use as a premise, but if we look in the real world, we know that capital punishment is not actually working as an effective deterrent.
    One of the counter argument is the fact that justice system is not always fair even in the so called western civilised world, there are numerous cases where people were falsely accused and imprisoned for years, after that only to be found innocent!!

    Reference:
    http://www.innocent.org.uk

    I agree that there should be a tough punishment for someone who commits a murder, and there shouldn’t be any distinction between whether the victim is old or young, but let us not forget that we’re talking her about justice and many times it has been proven that it’s difficult to implement for reasons that we all know.
    Human are biased and are not able to be ideally unbiased.
    of course there must be a balance somewhere, and this is why I think that this constitute a strong argument against capital punishment.

    But also I don’t agree with sending criminals’ suspects to a places where they’re going to be taken care off, and fed.

    We need to think of an adequate solution that ensure justice is delivered not based on revenge or finding the bogey man, but on simply evidence beyond reasonable doubts.

    Take care

    • Hi ForAlgerian,

      I understand what you are saying but I have two comments:

      1- It is unreasonable to expect to find a solution which will deter all potential criminals from committing murder simply because it is natural to kill, this is human nature: weak and easily corrupted.

      2- The fact that humans are never unbiased should not mean that they are totally incapable of objective judgment and establishing human justice. God’s justice is something else, no human will ever be able to match it and only fools will want to try.

      From these, I say that capital punishment is not meant to be a deterrent as much as a means to prevent or at least control recidivism (a serious problem in criminology). It also serves the purposes of human justice in the sense that it considers the victim and their family even though a life cannot be recovered, it could at least not be made to look cheap and valueless.

      In Islam, the family of the victim do have a say in the punishment to be inflicted, if they decide to forgive or just claim compensation it’s their right to do so. Obviously, a capital sentence will only be valid in cases where there is no shadow of a doubt as to the identity of the criminal.

      A criminal is a criminal, and the way society treats its criminals must send a message that it does not approve of crime. Humanity has nothing to do with it, humans are not angels, they’re not God, humans are humans.

      • Hi,
        Thanks for the reply,
        You got a point in your two comments, and it’s true as you said that the punishment is not meant to be a deterrent, which most people use as an argument and this is where I miss-read you.

        I know there is a tiny chance that our comments and analysis will ever change things around us, but we never know.
        The key point as you mentioned is:

        Obviously, a capital sentence will only be valid in cases where there is no shadow of a doubt as to the identity of the criminal.

        This is in my opinion where the problem lies.
        Let me quote for you from the Quran since you mentioned it on your reply.
        There are two cases with regards to someone killing someone else:

        Quran [4:92] And it is not for a believer to kill another believer except by accident. And whoever kills a believer by accident, then he shall set free a believing slave, and give compensation to the family; except if they remit it. If he was from a people who are enemies to you, and he was a believer, then you shall set free a believing slave. And if he was from a people between whom you had a covenant, then a compensation to his family, and set free a believing slave. Whoever does not find, then the fasting of two months sequentially as a repentance from God; God is Knowledgeable, Wise.

        The second one:

        Quran [4:93] And whoever kills a believer intentionally, then his reward shall be Hell, eternally abiding therein, and God will be angry with him, and curse him, and for him is prepared a great retribution.

        I haven’t seen anywhere in the Quran where it is mentioned that someone who commit murder shall be killed.

        According the Quran it is down to the family of the victim to decide on the punishment without being driven by revenge.

        Quran [17:33] And do not kill, for God Has made this forbidden, except in the course of justice. And whoever is killed unjustly, then We have given his heir authority, so let him not transgress in the taking of a life, for He will be given victory.

        Best regards

  3. Hello ForAlgerian,

    You say:

    I haven’t seen anywhere in the Quran where it is mentioned that someone who commit murder shall be killed.

    The Qur’an prescribes the Law of Equality (Qisas in Arabic) (in my opinion erroneously translated into English as ‘retaliation’, a term which implies more a compulsion to take revenge than an effort to establish justice). Here are translations by Yusuf Ali of the verses which talk about (premeditated) murder:

    2:178
    O ye who believe! the law of equality is prescribed to you in cases of murder: the free for the free, the slave for the slave, the woman for the woman. But if any remission is made by the brother of the slain, then grant any reasonable demand, and compensate him with handsome gratitude, this is a concession and a Mercy from your Lord. After this whoever exceeds the limits shall be in grave penalty.

    2:179
    In the Law of Equality there is (saving of) Life to you, o ye men of understanding; that ye may restrain yourselves.

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