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She was a whore, like you!
~ Amir condemning his own daughter and insulting Olivia Benson.

Saleh Amir is the main antagonist of the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Honor". He is a religious zealot who manipulates his son Jaleel into performing an "honor killing" by murdering his own sister, Nafeesa.

He was portrayed by Marshall Manesh, who also portrayed Malik in Kazaam.

Biography

Saleh is an Afghani diplomat with unofficial ties to the Taliban who practices a warped, archaic form of Islam in which women have no rights and obey their husband's every command. He also believes that men have the right and God-given duty to murder "disobedient" wives and daughter in a practice known as honor killing. Saleh's father strangled his daughter, Saleh's sister, for having sex outside of marriage in full view of the rest of the family, especially Saleh's eight-year-old son, Jaleel.

Years later, Saleh becomes rich when he promises his daughter Nafeesa's hand in marriage to a Taliban government minister. He and his family, Jaleel, Nafeesa, and Saleh's wife Aziza, relocate to New York City, where Nafeesa falls in love with one of her college classmates and makes plans to run away with him. When Saleh finds out that she has defied him - and unknowingly endangered his newfound wealth and Taliban connections, he calls her a whore and beats her. When Jaleel begs him to stop, Saleh hands him a knife and orders his son to kill Nafeesa to restore the family's honor and "prove his manhood". Desperate to please his father, Jaleel stabs Nafeesa to death. Saleh and Jaleel then dump Nafeesa's body in Central Park.

"Honor"

When Special Victims Unit Detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler inform Saleh and Aziza of Nafeesa's death, Saleh proclaims that he does not care, as Nafeesa had turned her back on her family by defying him. Benson and Stabler initially suspect her boyfriend, but he insists that he is innocent, and that she had been terrified of her father.

Eventually, the detectives find out that Nafeesa's murder had been an honor killing committed by a family member, and suspect Jaleel. They demand to know where Jaleel is, but Saleh refuses to tell them, and is particularly disrespectful to Benson for daring to question a man's word.

Saleh had in fact put Jaleel on a plane back to Afghanistan, where Detectives John Munch and Fin Tutuola arrest him just as the flight is about to take off. Jaleel's lawyer pleads "cultural insanity," claiming that Jaleel's actions were the result of being brainwashed in an oppressive, misogynistic environment. Saleh and Aziza watch the trial every day from the gallery.

After talking with Benson and Stabler, Aziza, who is heartbroken over Nafeesa's death, and knows that what her husband and son did was wrong, decides to testify in court about what really happened, which results in Jaleel being convicted. That night, Saleh strangles Aziza to death as punishment for defying him, and then flies back to Afghanistan, never to return.

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