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Calls for second review into Shafilea's murder

An anti-forced marriage charity is calling for a second serious case review to be held into the death of Shafilea Ahmed.

The Warrington schoolgirl was murdered by her parents in 2003.

The trial of her father Iftikhar Ahmed and mother Farzana Ahmed heard they tried to force her into a marriage she didn't want.

Karma Nirvana, which campaigns against forced marriages, is now calling for lessons to be learned from her death.

Andy Bonner reports.



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.

Shafilea's mother was 'frightened' of husband

A Warrington woman accused of murdering her daughter because she supposedly brought shame on the family has told a jury she lied to police because she was "frightened" of her husband who she said would beat her.

Farzana Ahmed, 49, and her husband Iftikhar, 52, of Liverpool Road, Warrington, are on trial at Chester Crown Court charged with killing their daughter Shafilea, 17, in 2003.

Mrs Ahmed has always denied murder, but earlier this month the jury of seven men and five women were told she had changed her account and said she witnessed her husband beat Shafilea on the night of the alleged murder.

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