September 16, 2021, 17:10

    Man charged with murdering his wife 20 years ago after being extradited from Pakistan

    Man charged with murdering his wife 20 years ago after being extradited from Pakistan

    A dad-of-four appeared in court today charged with murdering his wife 20 years ago in front of their kids after he was extradited from Pakistan.

    Zafar Iqbal, 61, appeared at Croydon Magistrates Court following a multi-agency effort to transfer him to the UK.

    Naziat Khan, Iqbal's wife, was 38 when she was found strangled in the family's South London home in 2001.

    She had been married to Iqbal for 16 years and they had four children together.

    Iqbal flew to Pakistan from Streatham after her death 20 years ago, and an appeal was launched for his extradition.

    Iqbal, of no fixed address, appeared at Croydon Magistrates Court via video link from Heathrow Police Station wearing a suit, tie and a medical face mask.

    Naziat Khan was 38 when she was found strangled in the family home in 2001
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    MET Police)

    Chair of the Magistrates Edward Gold remanded Iqbal in custody before a hearing at the Old Bailey later this week.

    He told Iqbal: "You are being sent for trial at the Central Criminal Court for the offence of murder.

    "You will attend there this coming Friday where you will have the opportunity to make the application for bail.

    "Then you will attend again on October 13 for a plea and trial preparation hearing. Until September 17, you will be remanded in custody."

    Iqbal spoke through an interpreter to confirm his name, age.

    It is one of the first times a defendant accused of committing crimes in the UK has been extradited from Pakistan following renewed communication between the two countries.

    Pakistan's Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed and UK's Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth Lord Tariq Ahmad, agreed earlier this year to "strengthen coordination" and "to improve the ability of the law enforcement and criminal justice systems in both the countries".

    Iqbal appeared at Croydon Magistrates Court today via video link from Heathrow Police Station
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    Image:
    Daily Mirror)

    The Crown Prosecution Service said: "Naziat’s family have been kept informed of developments throughout and continue to be supported by specialist officers.

    "The extradition was the result of collaborative work between the Met, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the National Crime Agency."

    A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "A man who was extradited from Pakistan has been charged in connection with the murder of Naziat Khan in Streatham in August 2001.

    "Zafar Iqbal, 61, was extradited from Pakistan on Tuesday. After arriving in the UK he was taken to a west London police station where he was later charged with murder.

    "Naziat's family have been kept informed of developments throughout and continue to be supported by specialist officers."

    He added: "The extradition was the result of collaborative work between the Met, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the National Crime Agency."

    Sourse: mirror.co.uk

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