ROME: A Pakistani couple was sentenced to life in jail by an Italian court docket on Tuesday for the 2021 homicide of their daughter after she refused an organized marriage.
Saman Abbas, 18, was residing in Novellara, close to Bologna, when she disappeared in May 2021, having rejected the earlier 12 months her household’s demand that she marry a cousin in Pakistan.
A tribunal in Reggio Emilia, central Italy, dominated that the dad and mom ordered the homicide, and that an uncle had strangled his niece.
The uncle was sentenced to 14 years after accepting a plea cut price, whereas two cousins had been acquitted in an affair which shocked the nation.
Saman Abbas had denounced her dad and mom to the police and social employees positioned her in a shelter in Nov 2020.
But she visited her household in April 2021, planning to select up her passport and begin a brand new life along with her boyfriend, whom her household disapproved of.
She disappeared quickly after, and police, alerted by the boyfriend, raided the household dwelling in May however the dad and mom had already left for Pakistan.
The younger lady was most likely killed the evening of April 30 to May 1, in response to surveillance digicam footage displaying 5 individuals leaving the household dwelling with shovels, crowbars and buckets, earlier than returning practically three hours later.
A 12 months later Abbas’s physique was discovered in an deserted farmhouse with a damaged neck.
Her brother instructed police he had overheard his father speaking concerning the homicide and that it was the uncle who had killed his sister.
The father, Shabbar Abbas, was arrested in Pakistan and extradited to Italy in August this 12 months.
The uncle, Danish Hasnain, was turned over by French authorities whereas the cousins had been arrested in Spain.
The 4 males had been current on the trial, however the mom, Nazia Shaheen, remains to be a fugitive.
Published in Dawn, December twentieth, 2023