Pakistan court sets date for UK woman's 'honour killing' case

The father and ex-husband of a British-Pakistani woman have appeared in court again over her so-called "honour killing".

The trial of Mohammad Shahid and Mohammad Shakeel will begin on September 27 for their alleged role in the murder of 28-year-old Samia Shahid, who was found dead in July at her family's home in Pakistan's Punjab province.

Defence lawyer Mohammad Arif said the accused appeared before a judge in Jhelum, Pakistan on Friday.

The case of 28-year-old Mrs Shahid shocked many Pakistanis after a police probe concluded she was strangled by her father and ex-husband.

Police have alleged that her father also stood guard while Shakeel raped her.

Mrs Shahid, from Bradford, was visiting family in July when she was found dead of what were initially assumed to be natural causes, and buried in a local cemetery in the village of Pandori.

A fresh inquiry was ordered by the Pakistan government after her husband Syed Mukhtar Kazam publicly accused her family of killing her because they opposed Mrs Shahid's decision to divorce her first husband in 2014 and marry him.

 

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