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Shafilea Ahmed sister charged with robbing family home

Shafilea Ahmed
Image caption Shafilea Ahmed died in 2003

A sister of suspected "honour killing" victim Shafilea Ahmed has been charged with robbery at the family home.

Three men broke into the home in Warrington, Cheshire, on August 25, and tied up her mother Faranza and four of her adult children.

Shafilea's sister Alisha Ahmed, 22, was arrested shortly afterwards and has now been charged with robbery.

Ms Ahmed was bailed to appear at Warrington Magistrates' Court on 4 January, said Cheshire Police.

A spokesperson added: "Inquiries remain ongoing to identify the outstanding offenders."

The raiders ransacked the house before fleeing with cash and jewellery.

'Vile murder'

Shafilea's father Iftikhar was out of the house in Great Sankey at the time.

The victims managed to free themselves and call police.

Shafilea's decomposed remains were discovered in Cumbria in February 2004.

She had disappeared five months earlier, prompting a major police search.

Police questioned her parents and other relatives on suspicion of kidnapping.

The Crown Prosecution Service later concluded there was insufficient evidence to bring charges.

South Cumbria coroner Ian Smith returned a verdict of unlawful killing, saying he believed that the teenager was the victim of a "vile murder".

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