A Pakistani father, his female partner and his brother who were part of an international hunt after a 10-year-old girl was found dead in a town in southeast England were charged with murder on Friday after being flown from Pakistan.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorized charges against Urfan Sharif, 41, Beinash Batool, 29, and Faisal Shahzad Malik, 28, in connection with the murder last month of Sara Sharif in Woking, Surrey. The trio appeared before Guildford Magistrates’ Court and were remanded in custody.
“The CPS has authorized Surrey Police to charge Urfan Sharif with the murder of his 10-year-old daughter Sara. Murder charges have also been authorized against Beinash Batool, Mr Sharif’s partner, and his brother Faisal Shahzad Malik,” the CPS statement said. said.
“A new charge of causing or permitting the death of Sara has been approved against all three individuals,” the report said.
All three were arrested at Gatwick Airport on Wednesday evening as they disembarked a flight from Dubai after being tracked down by police in Pakistan.
Surrey Police had discovered Sara Sharif’s body at a residential address in Woking on August 10 following an emergency call, which was made by a man who identified himself as the girl’s father and was later traced to Islamabad. A post-mortem examination found that Sara Sharif had suffered “multiple and extensive injuries”.
Police said the girl’s mother, Olga Sharif, of Polish descent, had been informed of the latest developments and was being supported by specialist officers.
Sara’s five siblings, aged between one and 13, also traveled to Pakistan with Sharif, Batool and Malik. Earlier this week, they were found by police in Pakistan at Sharif’s father’s home and have since been taken to a government childcare facility in the country.
The CPS said that as criminal proceedings are now underway, all those charged are entitled to a fair trial.
“It is extremely important that there is no online reporting, commenting or sharing of information that could in any way prejudice these proceedings,” the report said.
Investigations into the case led to the involvement of international agencies, including Interpol, the UK National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), to pursue the investigation with Pakistani authorities.
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