Shafilea Ahmed trial continues

Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed from Warrington are on trial for the murder of their 17-year-old daughter Shafilea. Her body was found in a Cumbrian river in 2004. It is alleged her parents killed her because they disapproved of her Western lifestyle.

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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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