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Shafilea sister in court

The younger sister of Shafilea Ahmed has denied that she made silent phone calls to intimidate a potential witness at the trial of her parents.

But under cross examination at Chester Crown Court, Mevish Ahmed said the phone calls, which were made to a friend last week, were all a joke.

Miss Ahmed's parents - Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed - both deny murdering Shafilea in 2003.

Correspondent Elaine Willcox has been following the case at Chester Crown Court.

Second sister gives evidence

A second sister has been giving evidence in the Shafilea Ahmed murder trial.

The court heard claims that Mevish Ahmed had written to a friend saying her parents had killed her sister and wondering if it was her turn next. But under cross examination she said what she had written had been fiction.

Mevish was 12 at the time of her sister's death in 2003.Her parents Iftikar and Fazana Ahmed deny murdering Shafilea at their home in Warrington.Ann O'Connor has been at Chester Crown Court.

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Shafilea sister denies lie claims

Shafilea Ahmed's sister has denied telling her police handlers she "made up" the story of how her parents murdered the Warrington teenager, a court heard.

Alesha Ahmed was continuing her evidence at Chester Crown Court where her parents, Iftikhar and Farzana deny murdering 17-year-old Shafilea.

It was not until last year that Ms Ahmed provided the "final piece of the puzzle" about Shafilea's death, the prosecution say, when she disclosed that she witnessed her parents killing Shafilea at the family home in Liverpool Road, Warrington.

Tom Bayliss QC, defending Mr Ahmed, said:

Its not been an easy journey for you has it? You've had pangs of conscience about the lies you have told. You have tried to retract your statement haven't you?"

Miss Ahmed said: "I never tried to retract my statement. I've always said if I don't want to be a witness it is because I can't cope, not because I want to take my statement away."

Mr Bayliss said that in March this year Ms Ahmed was having some sort of argument with her "police handlers".

He said: "You said, 'it's all made up anyway,' didn't you?"

Ms Ahmed replied: "I have never said that. It's never been brought to my attention if I did.

The trial continues.

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