Driv­ing in­struc­tor de­nies charge of co­erc­ing wife

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

A DRIV­ING in­struc­tor has strongly de­nied a charge of co­er­cive be­hav­iour against his wife, whom he was said to have wed in an ar­ranged mar­riage.

David Jones, so­lic­i­tor for Tan­veer Ghani, 57, of Caergeiliog, An­gle­sey, said: “He’s dev­as­tated she’s made th­ese al­le­ga­tions.”

Sarah Marsh, pros­e­cut­ing at a spe­cial week­end court at Llan­dudno, said the cou­ple were mar­ried two years ago in Pak­istan. His wife Farzana Kausar, who had not seen him un­til the wed­ding, was un­able to come to Bri­tain un­til three months ago but their re­la­tion­ship “dra­mat­i­cally de­te­ri­o­rated.” Among al­le­ga­tions are that he con­trolled what his wife was eat­ing, kept her in the house, didn’t let her speak to any­one, and en­forced a fit­ness regime.

“She’s ex­tremely scared,” said the pros­e­cu­tor. She told po­lice she be­lieved she could be “shamed” by her fam­ily and be killed if di­vorced. “She doesn’t speak English and doesn’t know any­one else in this coun­try,” said Miss Marsh.

Mr Jones said Ghani came to this coun­try in 1974. He had a pre­vi­ous part­ner for 35 years. When they sep­a­rated he wanted some­one to look after him and was told by his sis­ter-in-law “about some­one she knew in Pak­istan.” He was per­suaded to go there, got on with Farzana Kausar and they were mar­ried.

“He does not know where the com­plainant is, she was whisked away that evening. He says he has no in­ten­tion of find­ing where she is.”

Re­fer­ring to re­marks about an hon­our killing, Mr Jones said Ghani could not be re­spon­si­ble for any­thing al­legedly said by his wife’s fam­ily and seven broth­ers. Both pros­e­cu­tion and de­fence agreed that the case was suit­able to be tried by mag­is­trates.

Ghani was given con­di­tional bail to ap­pear in court at Caernar­fon later this week for a trial date to be set.

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