March 8, 2010
Exclusive: How Do You Plead, Guilty or Not Guilty? ‘I Plead Muslim!’
“She was strong, beautiful, really caring, she was always willing to help people.” This was the description of Noor Almaleki (pictured above) according to one of her co-workers from the Applebee’s in Glendale, Arizona.
Her caring came to end on October 20, 2009 when her own father, Faleh Hassan Almaleki ran her down with his Jeep Cherokee. Noor fought for her life until Monday November 2, 2009, when she succumbed and died from her injuries. Noor was only 20 years old. Her father didn’t just run over Noor; at the time he ran her down, she was walking in a parking lot with her fiancé’s mother, Amal Edan Khalaf. The 43-year-old Amal Edan Khalaf was seriously injured.
This tragic story made national headlines when it was revealed that the girl’s father, Faleh Hassan Almaleki, deliberately targeted his daughter and attacked her for becoming too “Westernized.”
Nicole Furugia worked with Noor at Applebee’s, and stayed in touch with her until her death.
But her employment there, like her life, was short lived. “She came in all frantic one day and asked me to cover her shift because her father found out where she worked,” said Furugia. “She had to quit her job, and she had to move.”
“She was a good person, and moral,” according to Noor’s friend Sharlee Caudle. “Most parents would be glad to have a child like that.” Her friends described her as an aspiring model and actress, working and going to school.
I spoke with her former manager on the telephone, Chad Wilcoxon, and he told me “that Noor had to quit due to her dad,” she called one day and said “I have to quit due to family reasons.” He told me that “her death affected everyone here.” As we spoke, he explained, “I only worked with her for one month. I didn’t even know she was Iraqi.”
I wanted to get to know Noor before writing this story; she had pages on Facebook and MySpace. She had lots of friends. She posted details about herself; she posted a photo on a Web site for aspiring models and actresses. She lived with her boyfriend and his mother. But as I worked to track down people who knew her, I came upon some interesting twists to this story that I had not heard before.
Some friends of Noor said that her father had taken her to Iraq and told her they were visiting relatives. Once there, he married her off and left her to fend for herself. Noor then had to find enough money to make her way back to America and, once here, she moved in with the fiancé she loved. Furugia said she had gone with Noor to look into getting a restraining order against her father. “She was very determined on getting it, she was scared.”
Family members told police that the father was upset that his daughter failed to live by traditional Muslim values, and prosecutors have also said Almaleki has admitted killing his daughter because she disgraced the family by not following traditional Iraqi or Muslim values. Faleh Hassan Almaleki was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault and two counts of leaving the scene of a serious accident. Police said Almaleki fled the country after the attack, driving to Mexico and later taking a plane to London. He was detained by British authorities and extradited back to the United States.
Speaking before a Maricopa County judge, county prosecutor Stephanie Low said Almaleki has admitted purposefully running down his daughter. Low indicated that Mr. Almaleki does not deny that his actions were intended to harm and even kill Noor:
“By his own admission, this was an intentional act and the reason was that his daughter had brought shame on him and his family,” Low said. “This was an attempt at an honor killing.”
Arizona, like 35 other states, currently has the death penalty and there are 133 people on death row. Obviously, a heinous crime such as one murdering one’s own child with premeditation would result in the death penalty if found guilty. But not in this case, no:the decision not to seek the death penalty was taken after Almaleki’s attorney, Billy Little, a public defender, asked the judge to take special precautions to ensure that the County and Attorney’s Office wouldn’t wrongly seek the death penalty because…Almaleki is a Muslim.
Further, Little requested that the office make public the process it uses to determine whether to seek capital punishment. “An open process provides some level of assurance that there is no appearance that a Christian is seeking to execute a Muslim for racial, political, religious or cultural beliefs,” Little wrote, referring to County Attorney Andrew Thomas’ Christian faith.
H/T to Family Security Matters, read the rest of this article there. Myself along with many others have been warning of the dangers of Islamic thinking creeping into western civilizations including the United States. It is becoming an almost daily problem here in this country and must be stopped. Islam is like a cancer and unless stopped will keep growing until the host is destroyed. Wake up people, before it is to late.