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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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Farzana Ahmed: I hoped my husband had put Shafilea somewhere safe

A mother accused of murdering her teenage daughter insisted she hoped her husband had put Shafilea somewhere safe and hadn't killed her. Farzana Ahmed claimed she didn't tell the police she saw Iftikhar Ahmed attack Shafilea on the night she disappeared because she was scared of him.

But the court was told that during hundreds of hours of secret recording at their home he is not heard threatening his wife. After playing the jury an extract in which she shouts at her husband and appears to be telling him off, Prosecuting Barrister Andrew Edis QC asked Farzana Ahmed,

'Were you frightened of your husband during that conversation?''That was my normal voice, I wasn't shouting. My husband wouldn't allow me to shout at him.' The prosecution claim she wasn't frightened of him, and played several extracts of her shouting at her husband. Both parents deny murder.

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