Shafilea Ahmed murder trial

A woman whose parents are on trial accused of murdering her sister is continuing to be cross-examined. Yesterday she described letters detailing the alleged killing as "fiction." Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed deny killing their daughter Shafilea in 2003

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Shafilea's teacher 'saw bruises' on teenager

Shafilea Ahmed's teacher saw injuries which the teenager claimed were caused in a "beating" from her parents, a court heard today. The teenager's parents are accused of murdering Shafilea at home in Cheshire in September 2003.

Shafilea Ahmed's teacher 'saw bruises' on the teenager Credit: Police handout

Joanne Code said Shafilea also ran away from home and said would not go back because "they are going to marry me off in Pakistan".

Mrs Code told the jury at Chester Crown Court: "I was concerned that if she said too much it might make life difficult for her. It was a very direct question I needed to ask her, I asked whether or not I needed to be worried about her welfare - which she replied 'Yes'."

The teacher informed her father Iftikhar Ahmed that Shafilea needed to sign papers if they wanted her to leave her studies. The next day, Mrs Code said that Shafilea came in with a "bruise to her neck and a cut on her lip", claiming that her mother and father had "taken turns in beating her".



Mevish Ahmed: 'I don't recall everything I've said'

Mevish Ahmed, sister of Shafilea Ahmed, arrives at Chester Crown Court. Credit: PA

I am at Chester Crown Court listening to the evidence of Mevish Ahmed, the sister of Shafilea Ahmed, in the case where her parents, Iftikhar and Farzana, are accused of murdering the teenager.

Mevish Ahmed told the court she did not recall saying "her (Shafilea's) eyes were wide open while she was being suffocated to death". When she was asked if she has problems with her memory she said "I don't recall everything that I've said."

Sister: 'It had haunted me for a long time what happened to Shafilea'

Closing his questioning Andrew Edis QC asked: "Why did you keep silent for all those years?"

It wasn't until I went to uni that I saw how wrong family life is. When you get used to something it seems normal. That's when I saw it wasn't normal.

I knew what had happened to my sister was wrong but because it's your own parents you don't see how bad it is because you still love them.

I think I felt like my sister in that I did want to fit in with everyone else but you're being forced to live in a different way, that's what made me crack.

Asked if she was a practising Muslim during university she said she wasn't initially but was by the end. Describing her lifestyle as a student she said she was "just like a western student".

In a final question Andrew Edis QC asked what made you speak out?

I think I'd just had enough. My mental state wasn't very good being between the two cultures, trying to please everyone, it just wasn't me anymore.

I was doing things out of character, turning to drink at university and the robbery I committed. I wasn't being myself. I just had to let it out. It had haunted me for a long time what happened to my sister.

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