USA: Muslim father runs over his daughter in fatal attack because she was 'too westernised' in America
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 1:38 PM on 03rd November 2009
A young Iraqi woman whose father allegedly ran her over because she became 'too westernised' has died in hospital.
Noor Faleh Almaleki, 20, underwent spinal surgery and was in a coma for nearly two weeks before she finally succumbed to her horrific injuries.
Police said her father mowed down her and her boyfriend's mother with his Jeep as the women were walking across a car park in the west Phoenix suburb of Peoria, Arizona, U.S.
Dead: Noor Faleh Almaleki was allegedly mowed down by her father who family members said was angry that she had become 'too westernised'
Crime scene: The car park in Arizona where Faleh Hassan Almaleki is accused of driving a jeep at his 20-year-old daughter and a family friend
Peoria police spokesman Mike Tellef said Noor died in hospital yesterday, but the other woman, Amal Edan Khalaf, 43, was expected to survive.
Noor's father, 48-year-old Faleh Hassan Almaleki believed his daughter was not living according to his traditional Iraqi values, police said.
Mr Tellef said the family moved to the Phoenix area in the mid-1990s, and Almaleki was unhappy with his daughter's style of dress and her resistance to his rules.
Family members said he attacked his daughter and ploughed into her and her boyfriend's mother in the parking area to get his revenge.
Arrested: Faleh Hassan Almalek allegedly ran over his daughter because she was becoming 'too westernised'
Almaleki fled the scene and was on the run for 10 days until he was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Atlanta, Georgia.
After the incident, Almaleki's father drove to Mexico, abandoning his vehicle in Nogales, Peoria police said.
He then made his way to Mexico City and boarded a plane to Britain, where authorities denied him entry into the country and put him on a plane back to the United States, police said.
Almaleki was returned to Arizona last weekend and taken to a county jail.
He had faced charges of aggravated assault but Mr Tellef said the charges will be upgraded in light of Noor Faleh Almaleki's death.
Almaleki also faces a separate aggravated assault charge in connection with Ms Khalaf's injuries.
Almaleki has so far declined requests to be interviewed. He is currently held in Phoenix, with bail has been set at $5 million (£3million), Mr Tellef said.
But Arizona county prosecutor Stephanie Low said in a hearing that Almaleki admitted committing the crime.
'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 honour killing.'