Honour, social construction, & the law

Today's Toronto Star features the following headline and intro:

Portuguese court says man who kidnapped, beat ex-wife won’t get jail time, ruling her affair insulted his ‘honour’

The appeals judges decided against giving the ex-husband jail time because they felt it was somewhat understandable that a husband in a “depressive state” would act out against a wife who had betrayed him.

You can read the full article here. You should be able to point out how the article illustrates several of the points made by Moghaddam in his chapters on Feminist Psychology, Multicultural Psychology, and Social Constructionism. In particular, give some thought to how the concept of "cultural relativism" introduced by Moghaddam applies to the situation described in the article.