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3:30pm UK, Tuesday June 19, 2012
A sister of killed teenager Shafilea Ahmed has been accused of intimidating another witness in a murder trial.
Mevish Ahmed, 21, admitted making silent phone calls to the witness last week but said she had done it “as a joke.”
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Miss Ahmed also denies once telling the same witness that she had seen her parents Iftikhar and Farzana kill her sister at the family home in Warrington nine years ago. The parents are accused of Shafilea’s murder.
Another of their daughters, Alesha Ahmed, has already told the jury at Chester crown court that she saw the killing along with her brother and sisters.
Mevish Ahmed was being cross-examined for a second day. In relation to the silent calls prosecuting barrister, Andrew Edis QC asked: “This happened over and over again last week. Why did you do that?”
Miss Ahmed replied: “I just did. I felt like it.”
Shafilea’s decomposed remains were discovered in Cumbria in February 2004
Mr. Edis: “Would you like to tell the jury why you made a lot of silent calls to Shahin Munir last week?”
Miss Ahmed: “I just did it as a joke. I thought it was funny.”
She was asked if she remembered telling her former friend that she had seen Shafilea die with her eyes wide open. She denies having seen her sister’s death.
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.