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Dorval woman who attacked daughter with cleaver granted full parole.
Johra Kaleki has been granted full parole on her 32-month sentence for the attack on her daughter in 2010.
Johra Kaleki, the Dorval woman who nearly killed her daughter with a meat cleaver seven years ago because she couldn't accept that the young woman was staying out late to party, has been granted full parole on her 32-month sentence.
The Parole Board of Canada made the decision to grant Kaleki, 44, a full release sometime in mid-June, but a written summary of the decision was only made available to the Montreal Gazette Friday evening. The wording of the decision suggests Kaleki has already been granted the full release. She was granted day parole in December. She told the parole board she plans to return to her family and take French-language courses with the goal of eventually getting a job.
Throughout her trial at the Montreal courthouse, Kaleki maintained she had no recollection of having attacked her then-19-year-old daughter, Bahar Ebrahimi, with a meat cleaver on June 13, 2010 after Ebrahimi had come home late a few times after clubbing with friends. Kaleki told the parole board she still has no recollection of what happened when she attacked her daughter.
Kaleki and her family were originally from Afghanistan and some assumed the attack was a so-called honour crime. But during her trial, Kaleki, a Muslim, told the court religion was not a significant part of her life. She described being stressed because her daughter was seeking more personal freedoms and indulging in a lifestyle very different from the way Kaleki was raised. Kaleki also told the court she was suffering from insomnia before the attack occurred.
She was convicted of attempted murder and was sentenced, in February 2016, to an overall three-year prison term. The time she served behind bars before being granted bail counted as 100 days against the sentence. The Crown had requested that she serve a 10-year prison term.
"The (parole) board is able to see that you have made observable and measurable changes," the author of the summary wrote.
Kaleki's case-management team — the group responsible for preparing her for release — informed the board Kaleki has "the required skill set to succeed in your reintegration you appear to have made significant changes on your past problematic beliefs. It points out that there has been no display of any form of violence since the offence."
Despite the severity of the attack, it was apparent Kaleki eventually had the full support of her family just months after her arrest. Her husband testified in a successful bid to have her released on bail.
The parole decision indicates she still has the same support from her family, including her eldest daughter, the victim of the attack.
"Although you committed a serious offence against one of your family members, you continue to benefit from the support of your family," the author of the summary wrote. "You have received forgiveness from your daughter, the victim. According to information on your file, the offence is discussed between family members and is not considered to be taboo. You continue to benefit from the full support of all family members and some close friends."
The Montreal Gazette
July 7, 2017
The Montreal Gazette
July 7, 2017