The father, stepmother and uncle of 10-year-old Sara Sharif have been charged with murder after police found her body at her Surrey home in August.
Sara’s father, Urfan Sharif, 41, her stepmother, Beinash Batool, 29, and her uncle, Faisal Malik, 28, flew to Pakistan with five children in August. Shortly after arriving, Sharif called the UK emergency services to report that Sara was dead at her home in Horsell, near Woking.
The discovery of his body sparked an international police search after a post-mortem examination found he had suffered “multiple and extensive injuries” over a “sustained and prolonged” period.
All three have also been charged with causing or permitting the death of a child. They have been remanded in custody to appear at Guildford Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
The trio traveled to Pakistan a day before police discovered Sara’s body in Woking on August 10.
They were arrested on Wednesday afternoon at Gatwick Airport as they disembarked from a flight from Dubai. They had left Pakistan’s Sialkot airport on Wednesday morning after negotiations with police and British authorities, sources previously told The Guardian.
Police said Sara’s mother was informed of the latest developments and was being supported by specialist officers.
The three had disappeared after arriving in Pakistan. Urfan Sharif’s five children, aged between one and 13, were supposed to be with him, but on Monday it emerged that they had been staying with their grandfather Muhammad Sharif at his home in Jhelum. They were found after a police raid and were treated in Pakistan.
The Guardian reported on Sunday that Muhammad Sharif was negotiating with local politicians and police to have the fugitives come out of hiding and be handed over to British authorities. They were said to fear ill-treatment if treated by the police in Pakistan.
A Jhelum police officer told The Guardian they were “relieved” to have concluded a “really complicated case.”
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