A man sentenced to one year in prison for killing his sister had his sentence increased to seven years today after the case was returned to the Criminal Court. Jaber Mohammad, 39, was originally sentenced to a one-year prison term by the court in July 2002 for stabbing his 35-year-old married sister eight times on Jan. 22, 2001.

However, after a review by the Court of Cassation, the Criminal Court yesterday overruled the original charge of misdemeanor and found Mohammad guilty of manslaughter. "The defendant knew of his sister’s affair for almost a month and did not kill her, therefore he does not benefit from the fit of fury clause used in the previous ruling," the higher court said.

During the original trial the court ruled that the defendant should benefit from Article 98 of the Penal Code, which states that: "He who commits a crime in a fit of fury caused by an unlawful or dangerous act on the part of the victim benefits from a reduction of penalty."

Source: [The Jordan Times]

That’s good news ladies and gentlemen. At least he didn’t get three months, as is the case with many men that commit so-called "honor crimes." Getting seven years should definitely be seen as a positive sign. If it was up to me though, I would imprison all of them for life.