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Court told fa­ther and ex-hus­band mur­dered woman

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A Pak­istani court has opened the trial against the fa­ther and ex-hus­band of a Bri­tish woman over her al­leged rape and mur­der in the name of so­called hon­our.

The court de­liv­ered copies of the charge sheet to fa­ther Mo­ham­mad Shahid and ex-hus­band Mo­ham­mad Sha­keel, de­fence lawyer Mo­hammed Arif said.

Shahid and Sha­keel are ac­cused of killing Samia Shahid, 28. They must de­cide by Oc­to­ber 7 if they plead guilty or not guilty be­fore Judge Am­breen Qureshi, Arif said. He said both men were present in the court.

Af­ter he ap­peared at a pre-trial hear­ing last week, Mo­ham­mad Shahid spoke to re­porters out­side the court­room deny­ing all charges.

“We will con­test the case,” Arif said, sug­gest­ing that the ac­cused may plead not guilty.

Samia Shahid’s fam­ily had ini­tially claimed she had died of nat­u­ral causes dur­ing her July trip to Pak­istan.

But af­ter her sec­ond hus­band com­plained to po­lice, they re­opened the case.

A po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­cluded that Shahid’s ex-hus­band raped her as the fa­ther stood guard be­fore they both stran­gled her.

It de­scribed the killing as “pre­med­i­tated, cold­blooded mur­der”.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion also im­pli­cated the vic­tim’s mother, Im­tiaz Bibi, and sis­ter, Madiha Shahid, who are Bri­tish na­tion­als, in the mur­der. It ac­cused them of lur­ing the vic­tim into the mur­der plot. It said both women es­caped back to Eng­land af­ter the mur­der and sug­gested they should be ex­tra­dited to Pak­istan to be tried on abet­ment charges.

Shahid mar­ried her first hus­band in Fe­bru­ary 2012 but stayed only briefly in Pak­istan be­fore re­turn­ing to Eng­land where she ob­tained a di­vorce two years later.

Af­ter that, she mar­ried her sec­ond hus­band and moved with him to Dubai. Her fam­ily never ac­cepted the sec­ond mar­riage, be­cause her new hus­band is a Shia Mus­lim and not a rel­a­tive, the po­lice re­port said.

Pak­istan re­ports nearly 1,000 “hon­our killings” every year. MTV has an­nounced the con­tenders for this year’s EMAs, with Bey­once and Justin Bieber com­ing out on top with five nods each for the mu­sic awards. Bieber is up for Best Song for Sorry, while Bey­once is in the Best Video cat­e­gory for Foun­da­tion. Bieber also takes on Best Pop Act, while Bey­once is up for Best Live Act. The pair go head to head for Big­gest Fans and both artists will fight it out in the male and fe­male cat­e­gories re­spec­tively, where Bieber will com­pete against Calvin Har­ris, Drake, Shawn Men­des and The Weeknd. The awards take place in Rot­ter­dam on Sun­day, Novem­ber 6.

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