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Parents Of ‘Honour Killing’ Teen Shafilea Ahmed Charged

The parents of a teenage suspected honour killing victim have been charged with her murder.

Shafilea Ahmed’s decomposed remains were found on a river bank in Cumbria in February 2004 after she disappeared from her home in Warrington, Cheshire, in September 2003.

The inquest into her death was told that the 17-year-old was a bright and intelligent young woman who wanted to go to university and become a lawyer.

She was most likely strangled or suffocated, pathologists have said.

South Cumbria coroner Ian Smith later recorded a verdict of unlawful killing, saying he believed Shafilea was probably murdered.

Cheshire Police said the girl’s father, Iftikhar, 51, and mother Farzana, 48, appeared at Halton Magistrates’ Court, in Runcorn, and have been remanded in custody.

The pair appeared in the dock and spoke only to confirm their names and addresses.

The case was adjourned for a bail hearing at Manchester Crown Court on Friday, where they will appear via video link for a bail hearing.

The couple were initially arrested on suspicion of kidnapping their daughter in December 2003 but were released without charge when the Crown Prosecution Service ruled there was insufficient evidence against them.

They were re-arrested in September last year but released on bail and have always denied any involvement in their daughter’s death.