Brother charged with Pakistani Canadian girl’s murder

June 28th, 2008 - 4:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Toronto, June 28 (IANS) The elder brother of Pakistani Canadian girl Aqsa Pervez, who was killed in December for refusing to wear the hijab, has been charged for his role in her murder. While her father has been charged with first degree murder, brother Waqas Pervez appeared in court Friday to face charges of premeditated killing and obstructing investigations by misleading the police.

The 16-year-old girl was strangled to death by her father, Mohammad Pervez, in their home in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga over her choice of clothes.

On the day of her murder, 27-year-old Waqas had picked up his sister from a bus stop and taken her home to change her clothes.

Because of her dispute with her family over wearing the hijab, Aqsa was staying with another family at the time of her murder.

The court ordered Waqas not to contact any of his nine family members as they could be potential witnesses in the case.

The victim’s classmates at the Applewood Heights Secondary School had said at the time of the killing that Aqsa faced problems from her family as she didn’t want to wear the hijab.

On her father’s insistence, they said, she would wear the hijab while leaving for school only to replace it with trendy clothes when she reached school.

They recalled how she would sometimes run to the washroom to change herself into modern outfits. Both father and son will appear in court again July 8.

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