Shafilea murder trial

The prosecution in the trial of a couple accused of murdering their daughter have heard how Shafilea Ahmed drank bleach in an apparent suicide attempt. Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed deny killing Shafilea, 17, in their home in 2003.

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Shafilea's father Iftikhar Ahmed was asked why he did not report Shafilea missing after she disappeared.

Andrew Edis QC, said: "You did not lift a finger because you knew where she was and you knew she was dead."

Ahmed replied: "I did not know where she was and I did not know she was dead."

The barrister went on: "Your daughter Alesha has told this jury that you and your wife murdered Shafilea. Is there any reason that you know of why she might make up something of that kind?"

Ahmed said he did not know why Alesha had "turned against" the family.

Mr Edis suggested Alesha had "escaped" and added: "That is what your daughters have to do, isn't it? Submit, escape or die?"

"That's not true, Mr Edis," Ahmed replied.

"Shafilea died," Mr Edis said.

"Shafilea has not died because of us," Ahmed replied.

Read more on the trial as it continues here.

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