‘Beaten’ Harry Potter actress ‘doesn’t want dad, bro to go to jail’

July 3rd, 2010 - 1:55 pm ICT by ANI  

London, July 3 (ANI): Actress Afshan Azad, who played the role of Padma Patil in ‘Harry Potter’, has pleaded for violence charges against her father and brother to be dropped.

Azad, 22, is said to be distraught at the thought of them going to jail, and she has made several attempts to retract a statement in which she accused the two men of threatening to kill her.

“I don’t want them to go to jail,” she said.

But the Crown Prosecution Service insisted that they would go ahead with the case against Abdul Azad, 54, and his 28-year-old son Ashraf, reports the Daily Express.

Both face charges of threatening to kill Afshan while Ashraf is also accused of causing his sister actual bodily harm.

They are on bail following an incident on May 21 during which Afshan, a Muslim, was allegedly beaten and throttled during a “family honour” row after she was heard talking on the phone to her Hindu boyfriend.

She immediately fled from her home in Longsight, Manchester, and made a complaint to police.

The two men were arrested and remanded in custody until June 29, when they appeared before the city’s magistrates via a video link.

Afshan was present in court accompanied by an Asian man and was said to be “highly delighted” when her father and brother were granted bail.

Her friends claimed she was “deeply upset and in turmoil” at the prospect of them being jailed.

“This is a desperately sad situation and she has never wanted her father and brother to be locked up,” Ashraf Azad’s solicitor John Wolfson said.

“She has tried on three occasions to retract her statement and has pleaded with the Crown Prosecution Service not to proceed.

“I sincerely hope for the family’s sake that this can be quickly and happily resolved. My client and his father have already denied the charges and will maintain that plea,” he stated.

But the CPS insisted they will continue to press for a conviction.

“A victim can retract a statement at any time but it does not follow that charges will be dropped,” a spokeswoman said.

“The Crown Prosecution Service will pursue the charges and July 12 has been fixed for the men to be committed for trial,” she added. (ANI)

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