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Shafilea Ahmed's parents remanded in custody

Shafilea Ahmed
Image caption The remains of Shafilea Ahmed were found in Cumbria in 2004

The parents of suspected so-called honour killing victim Shafilea Ahmed have been remanded in custody after being charged with her murder.

Iftikhar Ahmed, 51, and Farzana Ahmed, 48, of Liverpool Road in Great Sankey, Warrington, were charged on Wednesday.

Their 17-year-old daughter went missing eight years ago, six months before her remains were found in February 2004.

The couple appeared at Manchester Crown Court by videolink on Friday and the case was adjourned until Thursday.

No application for bail was made by either defendant.

Ms Ahmed went missing on 11 September 2003 and was reported missing by a teacher a week later.

The following February her body was discovered by workmen on the banks of the River Kent in Cumbria.

Two post-mortem examinations failed to determine how Ms Ahmed died but a verdict of unlawful killing was recorded at her inquest in 2008.

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