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Shafilea Ahmed's parents bailed in murder case

Shafilea Ahmed
Image caption Shafilea Ahmed died in 2003

The parents of suspected so-called honour killing victim Shafilea Ahmed have been granted bail after being charged with the teenager's murder.

Iftikhar Ahmed, 51, and Farzana Ahmed, 48, did not appear at the bail hearing at Manchester Crown Court.

The couple were charged with her murder two weeks ago, after a family member made a statement accusing them of murder, the hearing was told.

Ms Ahmed's remains were found in February 2004.

Mr and Mrs Ahmed, of Liverpool Road, Warrington, Cheshire, were granted bail with a number of conditions by Mr Justice Richard Henriques as they had been on police bail before and not absconded or interfered with witnesses.

The bail conditions include staying at their current residence, observing a curfew, surrendering their passports and reporting to their local police station daily.

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

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

A pathologist told her inquest she was most likely strangled or suffocated.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 26 September at Chester Crown Court.

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