Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), påtalemyndighetene for England og Wales, mener å kunne påvise en kobling mellom såkalte æresdrap i Storbritannia og utenlandske terroristgrupper. I flere æresdrapssaker har gjerningsmennene hatt nære bånd til islamistiske grupperinger, der særlig behandlingen av kvinner demonstrerer graden av forpliktelse og sympati med det radikale og ekstremistiske tankegodset de aktuelle gruppene bekjenner seg til.
The CPS told a BBC investigation that Islamist terror groups were behind the murder five years ago of Heshu Yones, 16, who was stabbed to death by her father, Abdalla Yones. It discovered that Mr Yones had associations with a Kurdish nationalist organisation which tried to secure his release on bail while he was on remand.
In a further case, a women, who is now in hiding, received a death threat from her family. The threat is said to have originated in an Egyptian terrorist group.
Nazir Afzal, the CPS’s national lead on honour crime, said that such killings were not confined to the older generation and that a second generation of youths were continuing the tradition.
«We know they are bizarre and outdated but they get their identity from those traditions and they feel very strongly that how you treat your women is a demonstration of your commitment to radicalism and extremist thought,» he told BBC Radio 4.
En talskvinne for Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), Reefat Draboo, avviser påtalemyndighetenes funn, og hevder at æresvold er et kulturelt fenomen som ikke har noen sammenheng med islam.
I 2006 ble det registrert 12 æresdrap i Storbritannia. Nylig ble tre menn funnet skyldige i mordet på 20 år gamle Banaz Mahmod, som ble funnet begravet i en koffert i en hage i Birmingham i fjor.
Miss Mahmod had been strangled by contract killers after her father discovered she had been having an affair with a man her family did not approve of.