Nightly News | January 30, 2012
>>> a verdict has been reached in a murder case that's gotten a lot of attention because it involved so-called honor killings of family members by family members. in this case an afghan family living in canada . it is a culture clash getting a lot of attention to our north. nbc's kevin tibbles has the story.
>> reporter: three teenage sisters murdered because of how they wanted 2 live their lives. dress like westerners, use the internet, meet boys. also killed, their father's first wife. by a strict religious family that felt it had been disgraced.
>> four strong, vivacious and freedom-loving women were murdered by their family.
>> reporter: convicted of the crime, the girls' father, mother and brother, immigrants from afghanistan. in 2009 , the women were drowned and their bodies placed in a car that was then pushed onto a canal to look like an accident. they may call it honor killing , but delivering the guilty verdict , the canadian judge called it a sick notion of honor that has absolutely no place in any civilized society. 59-year-old mohammed shafia came to canada in 2007 . the court was told how he ruled his home with a rod of iron. and that eldest daughter was even forbidden to attend school because she had a boyfriend. the young woman had texted the boy saying, "be aware of my bro." it is impossible to know how many honor killings take place in north america , experts say, because they are often mistaken for domestic violence or disguised as accidents.
>> they are associated with patriarch cultures, where then see themselves as the owners of women.
>> reporter: the took a jury 15 hours to convict all three of first degree murder, which in canada carries an automatic sentence of life in prison . ken tibbles, nbc news, canada .