Teen murder: Alleged honour killing parents granted bail
The parents of suspected honour killing victim Shafilea Ahmed were today granted bail after being charged with the teenager's murder.
Father Iftikhar, 51, and mother Farzana, 48, were charged with murder two weeks ago, after "a family member" accused them of murdering the teenager, a bail hearing at Manchester Crown Court heard.
The couple, of Liverpool Road, Warrington, Cheshire, were today granted bail with a number of conditions by Mr Justice Richard Henriques.
Mr Justice Henriques said: "On December 4 2006 the Crown Prosecution Service decided that there was insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of charging either applicant.
On August 31 2010, a statement was made by a family member alleging that both applicants had murdered Shafilea.
"Two days later on September 2 both applicants were arrested on suspicion of murder. The allegation contained in the statement was put to them. Mrs Ahmed made a written statement denying the allegation.
"Both applicants were granted police bail and remained on police bail until September 7, 2011 when both applicants answered their bail and were charged with murder and remanded in custody as the law requires."
Mr Justice Henriques said he would now grant the couple bail as they had been on police bail before and not absconded or sought to interfere with witnesses.