Ex Allegedly Confesses to 'Honor Killing' of British Woman

Samia Shahid was killed while visiting relatives in Pakistan last month
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2016 8:07 PM CDT
An Activist of Awami Workers Party chants slogans during a demonstration to condemn the killing of model Qandeel Baloch and against honor killing, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, July 18, 2016.   (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

(Newser) – A British woman was murdered in an "honor killing" in Pakistan last month, and her ex-husband has confessed to the crime, police sources tell the Telegraph. Samia Shahid, 28, was visiting her relatives in northern Punjab when, those relatives say, she died of a heart attack. Her second husband suspected an "honor killing" over disapproval of her marriage to him. Now her ex, Choudhry Shakeel, and her father, Mohammed, have been arrested, Shakeel for the alleged murder and Shahid's father for allegedly being an accomplice.

The BBC reports that Shakeel allegedly admitted he strangled Shahid with a scarf after she refused to leave her second husband and remarry Shakeel. Authorities are still collecting evidence because "confessional statements have no value in the court" in Pakistan, a police officer explains. (Read more Pakistan stories.)

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