Raped and strangled: ‘Honour killing’ family missing from court
A Punjabi police report has recommended that the father and ex-husband of a British woman, killed in Pakistan in an alleged honour killing, should be tried on rape and murder charges.
Samia Shahid, from Bradford, was found dead in July in the Pandori village of Pakistan's eastern Punjab province.
Initially, her death was assumed to be of natural causes and the 28-year-old was buried in a nearby cemetery.
However, after questions and doubts arose in relation to the cause of death, an investigation was launched into Ms Shahid’s final moments.
A friend of the victim, who wished to remain anonymous, previously told the Asian Express: “They told me she had committed suicide and I didn’t believe it.
“She had a forced marriage to her cousin in Pakistan and it didn’t work out. Her husband was quite abusive. He divorced her over the phone and then she got married again.”
A further inquiry revealed that Ms Shahid, who is of Pakistani origin, had been raped and strangled.
A police report released on Tuesday 6th September accused Ms Shahid's father, Muhammad Shahid, of standing guard while her ex-husband, Choudhry Mohammad Shakeel, raped her.
The report said the men then committed a ‘premeditated, cold-blooded murder’.
The pair were arrested last month but have not been formally charged.
They appeared in court on Monday in the eastern Pakistani city of Jhelum and were ordered to be held for 14 days pending charges and trial.
The report also seeks the extradition of Ms Shahid's mother and sister from the UK.