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4:11pm UK, Monday June 18, 2012
A sister of teenager Shafilea Ahmed has denied writing to a friend about how her older sister was allegedly killed by her parents.
Mevish Ahmed, now 21, claimed in court that she had given her friend a piece of fiction. She said that although it featured the death of Shafilea it was “free writing” and “make-believe”.
Miss Ahmed was giving evidence at Chester Crown Court where her father Iftikhar and mother Farzana are on trial. They deny murdering 17-year-old Shafilea at the family home in Warrington, Cheshire, in September 2003.
The court has heard that Shafilea Ahmed was scared of her parents
The witness was quizzed by prosecutor Andrew Edis QC about a 72-minute telephone call just two weeks ago. That call was between Mevish Ahmed and her friend Shahin Munir.
Miss Ahmed admitted that her friend had repeatedly said “sorry” during the conversation.
“Did you know why she might be sorry?” Mr Edis asked.
Miss Ahmed replied: “She had been speaking to the police.”
Mr Edis asked: “She was not just giving them her opinion was she? She was giving them something else?”
Miss Ahmed responded: “I am aware that she had given some written context.”
“What was that ‘written context’?” asked Mr Edis.
Miss Ahmed replied: “Just a bit of free writing.”
Mr Edis continued: “Did she say, ‘I had given them the letters you wrote about your sister’s death’?”
Miss Ahmed replied: “I wrote fiction stuff… make-believe.”
Mr Edis went on to ask: “On this occasion were these pieces of paper about how your parents killed Shafilea?”
Miss Ahmed responded: “No. It is fiction like I said.”
Later Mevish Ahmed denied going to Shahin Munir’s house to demand that she hand over diary entries dealing with conversations they had had about the alleged murder.
Iftikhar and Faranza Ahmed deny murdering their daughter Shafilea
The prosecuting barrister asked if she had threatened Miss Munir and held her against the wall as she made the demand.
Miss Ahmed admitted that earlier this year she had been planning to give evidence in her parents’ defence and after they were charged last year with her sister’s murder she had given a short statement to help them get bail.
The prosecution have suggested that after “a wobble” during which Mevish Ahmed became torn about whether she should reveal her “terrible secret” she eventually decided to support her parents.
Earlier in the trial, another sister, Alesha Ahmed told the jury her parents pushed Shafilea on to the settee in their house and she heard her mother say “just finish it here” in Urdu as they forced a plastic bag into the teenager’s mouth and suffocated her in front of their other children.
The couple murdered their “Westernised” daughter because they believed her conduct was bringing shame on the family, the prosecution say.
Shafilea’s decomposed remains were discovered in Cumbria in February 2004 but it was not until 2010 that Alesha provided police with the “final piece of the puzzle” about her death, the trial has heard.
The trial continues.