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Slain Pak-origin girl's parents charged with her murder in UK

world Updated: Sep 07, 2011 21:26 IST

More than seven years after a teenage Pakistani-origin girl was found dead, her parents were on Wednesday charged with her murder in an apparent honour killing case.

Shafilea Ahmed's parents, Iftikhar Ahmed, 51, and Farzana Ahmed, 48, were arrested on September 1 on suspicion of her murder in 2003 after new allegations were levelled against them by the dead schoolgirl's younger sister.

Shafilea, 17, disappeared over seven years ago after her parents allegedly tried to arrange her marriage against her will, British media reports said.

Her decomposed remains were found on the banks of the River Kent in Cumbria in February 2004 by workmen and she was identified by her jewellery and dental records.

Her parents have now been charged with murder, Cheshire Police said.

The couple were initially arrested on suspicion of kidnapping their daughter in December 2003, but in June 2004 they were released without charge when the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) ruled there was insufficient evidence against them, the BBC reported.

They were arrested again on suspicion of her murder in 2010 and released on police bail.

The CPS authorised Cheshire Constabulary to charge the couple today, the report said.

They have always denied any involvement in their daughter's death.

Two post-mortem examinations failed to determine how Shafilea died but a verdict of unlawful killing was recorded at her inquest in 2008.

Pathologists said she was most likely strangled or suffocated and a coroner said he believed she was probably murdered.