Honor killing

British woman allegedly strangled to death by ex-husband while visiting Pakistan

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Samia Shahid, 28, from Bradford, England. Photograph: Handout

The ex-husband of a British woman who died in an apparent honor killing while visiting family in northern Punjab, Pakistan, has confessed to strangling her with a scarf, according to Pakistan police. Choudhry Shakeel, the ex-husband of Samia Shahid, a 28-year-old beautician from Bradford, told police he killed her because she refused him after he ordered her to leave her second husband and remarry him, the BBC reported Monday. Shahid’s father, Mohammed, has also been arrested as an accomplice to the crime.

Shahid’s second husband, Syed Mukhtair, said he believed his wife was murdered because Shahid’s family disapproved of her marriage to him. While Shahid’s relatives in Pakistan claim that she died of a heart attack, a forensic examination shortly after Shahid’s death confirmed that the beautician had been strangled to death. Despite Shahid’s ex-husband confessing to the murder, a Pakistani police official said that investigators would still have to gather evidence in order to convict him in court. Verbal confessions, under Pakistan law, cannot be used in court against defendants.

Watch video of Shahid’s ex-husband and her father being led away by police below:

Read the full story at The Telegraph.

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