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Thursday Sep 23 2021
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AFP

Italy asks Pakistan to extradite parents of missing teen

By
AFP
Police officers wearing protective face masks check documents of drivers COVID-19 outbreak in Ostia, near Rome, Italy, April 13, 2020. — Reuters File
Police officers wearing protective face masks check documents of drivers COVID-19 outbreak in Ostia, near Rome, Italy, April 13, 2020. — Reuters File

  • The announcement comes after news of the arrest of Saman's uncle in Paris.
  • The case sparked outrage in Italy, becoming top news since investigations began in May.
  • Saman, a resident of the northern Italian town of Novellara, refused to marry a cousin in Pakistan.


ROME: Italy announced having asked Pakistan to extradite the parents of an 18-year-old girl suspected to have been murdered by her family after refusing an arranged marriage.

The announcement came after news emerged on Wednesday that the uncle of the 18-year-old Saman Abbas had been arrested in Paris. He was accused of her murder alongside her parents and two of her cousins.

The case has sparked outrage in Italy and has become front-page news since police began investigating the teenager's disappearance in May. Her body has yet to be found.

"Justice Minister Marta Cartabia... has signed and sent to Pakistan the two extradition requests for the parents of Saman Abbas, who are under investigation for the murder of their daughter," the justice ministry said Thursday.

Prosecutors had on Wednesday announced the arrest on a European warrant of the teenager's uncle on the outskirts of Paris.

Saman Abbas, who lived in the northern Italian town of Novellara, last year refused her family's plan to have her marry a cousin in their home country of Pakistan.

While still a minor, she turned to social services and in November was moved into a shelter home. She also reported her parents to the police, but was on April 11 returned to them.

Police began searching for her on May 5, when officers visited her house and found nobody.

Officers then discovered that the girl's parents had left for Pakistan without her, and found images from a nearby security camera that made them fear the worst.

Late on April 29, five people could be seen walking off from the house holding shovels, a crowbar and a bucket, and returning after about two-and-a-half hours.

One cousin accused in the case is currently in jail in Italy.