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Uncle accused of ‘honour killing’ is arrested in Paris after niece went missing in Italy

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An uncle accused of murdering his 18-year-old niece in an honour killing in Italy after she refused an organized marriage in Pakistan has been arrested in Paris. 

Danish Hasnain was tracked down by social media to a home in the Garges les Gonesse space not removed from the Saint Denis stadium which was raided by French police on the request of the Italian carabinieri on Monday.

The 33-year-old, who was staying with Pakistani compatriots, had no id papers however was simply recognised by the distinctive mole on his forehead.

He is allegedly the mastermind in the homicide of Saman Abbas who went missing on the finish of April after telling her household she had a boyfriend in Italy and needed to reside a ‘Western’ way of life.

Italian police say that Hasnain carried out the killing in a conspiracy involving Saman’s father Shabbar, 46, mom Nazia Shaheen, 47, in addition to her cousins Nomanulhaq Nomanulahq and Ijaz Ikram, 33 and 28.

Her physique has nonetheless not been discovered however is believed to have been buried in a discipline not removed from the household dwelling in the city of Novellara, in the northern province of Reggio Emilia.   

Italian prosecutor Emilia Isabella Chiesi informed a press convention: ‘From the investigations we made, I imagine that he was definitely the mastermind of this loopy prison challenge.’ 

Danish Hasnain (pictured) was tracked down by social media to a home in the Garges les Gonesse space not removed from the Saint Denis stadium which was raided by French police on the request of the Italian carabinieri on Monday. The 33-year-old, who was staying with Pakistani compatriots, had no id papers however was simply recognised by the distinctive mole on his forehead.

Saman Abbas

Saman Abbas

Saman Abbas, 18, went missing on the finish of April after telling her household she had a boyfriend in Italy and needed to reside a ‘Western’ way of life. 

Saman’s cousin Ijaz was arrested in France in June on suspicion of homicide and extradited again to Italy. 

Her dad and mom Shabbar and Nazia are in Pakistan and have denied homicide of their daughter. 

The whereabouts of her cousin Nomanulhaq stays unknown.

Prosecutors say the case dates again to autumn final 12 months, when the household tried to power Saman into an organized marriage in her native Pakistan.

Saman fled the household dwelling after an argument and since October had been dwelling in a refuge run by social companies, fearing for her security.

However she returned dwelling on April 11 this 12 months, apparently to gather id paperwork – although it is unclear precisely why she wanted them.

Police imagine that by April 26 the household had begun getting ready for her homicide. 

That is the date on which uncle Hasnain is alleged to have purchased aircraft tickets for her dad and mom to fly again to Pakistan, prosecutors say.

Then, on the night of April 29, CCTV captured three males who police say are Hasnain, Nomanulhaq and Ijaz strolling into fields behind the farm round 7.30pm.

Saman (pictured) is thought to have enraged relatives by telling them she had a boyfriend in Italy and wanted to live a 'Western' life

Saman (pictured) is thought to have enraged relations by telling them she had a boyfriend in Italy and needed to reside a ‘Western’ life

The trio are carrying two shovels, a bucket, and a blue bag with a crowbar in it. They’re gone for round two hours, earlier than returning dwelling.

The next day, Saman reportedly overheard a dialog between her relations, and informed her boyfriend that they have been planning her homicide.

Saman’s boyfriend, who was not on the property, informed Italian newspaper Gazzetta di Reggio Emiliano that she texted him saying she had overheard her uncle comment that homicide is ‘the one answer’ for women who disobey Pakistan’s strict honour codes.

The boyfriend was instructed to contact police in two days if she hadn’t messaged him. 

The boyfriend mentioned he tried to reassure her, however she mentioned: ‘I am not assured.’

Police say extra CCTV footage – which hasn’t been revealed – then reveals dad and mom Shabbar and Nazia strolling their daughter into the fields behind the farm at 9 minutes previous midnight on Could 1.

The pair return simply 13 minutes later, with father Shabbar carrying a backpack that Saman had beforehand been carrying.

Police imagine the dad and mom handed Saman over to her uncle and cousins who have been ready in the fields and who killed her and buried her physique someplace on the farm.

The household then left dwelling – Shabbas and Nazia for Pakistan, ostensibly to go to a sick relative, whereas Ijaz headed into Europe.

When police known as on the household farm in search of Saman on Could 5, they discovered Hasnain and Saman’s 16-year-old brother at dwelling, who defined that the remaining of the household had gone to Pakistan to see a sick relative, Corriere experiences.

Then the pair additionally vanished. On Could 9 they have been stopped on the Italian border with France as a result of the brother was not carrying his id paperwork.

Hasnain was launched however the brother was detained. Whereas being interviewed by police, he informed them of his suspicions that Hasnain orchestrated his sister’s killing with the assistance of his relations.

The boy claims the entire household was afraid of Hasnain, who he believes strangled his sister to demise following a row over id paperwork.

He claimed to have overheard the argument on the evening his sister disappeared, earlier than seeing his father come dwelling in tears adopted by his uncle and cousins. 

CCTV released by Italian police allegedly shows Saman's uncle and two cousins taking a shovel (pictured left), a sack and a crowbar into fields behind the family home before she vanished

CCTV launched by Italian police allegedly reveals Saman’s uncle and two cousins taking a shovel (pictured left), a sack and a crowbar into fields behind the household dwelling earlier than she vanished

A telephone was later uncovered which allegedly contained a textual content despatched from Hasnain to a good friend which reads merely: ‘Job properly achieved.’ Police say this was a reference to the killing. 

Ijaz was then arrested in France on June 6 whereas boarding a bus certain for Barcelona, the place he is thought to have relations. He was extradited again to Italy. 

Shabbar and Nazia are in Pakistan, and have spoken to Italian journalists to disclaim the homicide of their daughter, who they are saying is alive and in Belgium. Prosecutors wish to have the pair extradited.

In the meantime searches are nonetheless ongoing on the farm to attempt to discover Saman’s physique.

Electromagnetic scanners have been introduced in together with sniffer canine to attempt to detect the stays, whereas waterways are additionally being dredged.

‘The seek for the stays of the injured individual continues, who sadly we imagine is lifeless,’ prosecutor Prosecutor Isabella Chiesi informed Reppublica.

‘I’d not give any optimistic suggestions to what the daddy mentioned, we’ve ascertained that the lady is not in Belgium.’ 

The case has shocked Italy, with the Union of Islamic Communities issuing a non secular ruling denouncing compelled marriages following Saman’s disappearance. 

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