Italy asks Pakistan to extradite missing teenager’s parents

Italy on Thursday (23/9) said it had asked Pakistan to extradite the parents of a teenage girl suspected of having been murdered by her family after refusing an arranged marriage.

The announcement came after news Wednesday that Saman Abbas’s 18-year-old uncle had been arrested in Paris, accused of murder along with the girl’s parents and two cousins.

The case has sparked outrage in Italy and has made headlines since police began investigating the teenager’s disappearance in May. So far, his body has not been found.

“Justice Minister Marta Cartabia… has signed and sent two extradition requests for the parents of Saman Abbas, who are being investigated for the murder of their daughter,” the justice ministry said Thursday. Prosecutors on Wednesday announced the arrest of the girl’s uncle on the outskirts of Paris.

Saman Abbas, who lives in the northern Italian city of Novellara, last year rejected his family’s plans to marry his cousin in their home country of Pakistan.

When she was a minor, she asked for social service protection and in November was transferred to a shelter. She also reported her parents to the police, but on April 11 she returned to her parents.

Police started looking for him on May 5, when officers visited his home and found it empty. Police later discovered that the girl’s parents had gone to Pakistan without her, and found footage from a nearby security camera that alarmed them.

In late April 29, five people were seen walking from the house holding shovels, crowbars and buckets, and they returned after about two and a half hours. [lt/uh]

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