Parents, Uncle of Saman Abbas Convicted of Murder in Italy

 Parents, Uncle of Saman Abbas Convicted of Murder in Italy

Parents, Uncle of Saman Abbas Convicted of Murder in Italy

A court in northern Italy has convicted the parents and an uncle of 18-year-old Pakistani woman Saman Abbas of her murder in a harrowing case. The heinous crime occurred after she refused to comply with her family’s insistence on an arranged marriage with a cousin in their homeland.

Saman Abbas’ lifeless body discovered in an abandoned farmhouse near her father’s workplace in northern Italy in November 2022. Nearly a year and a half after she was last seen on surveillance video walking with her parents near the same fields. Prosecutors in Italy claimed that her family planned her murder on May 1, 2021. In response to her refusal to comply with their marriage demands.

Shabbar Abbas and Nazia Shaheen, the victim’s parents, were sentenced to life imprisonment. While her uncle, Danish Hasnain, received a 14-year prison term from the court in Reggio Emilia. Notably, two other cousins were acquitted and ordered released from custody.

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Shabbar Abbas, extradited from Pakistan in August, maintained his innocence in a tearful statement to the court during deliberations. Meanwhile, Nazia Shaheen was tried in absentia and is believed to be in Pakistan.

This trial marked a high-profile case among several criminal investigations in Italy. Shedding light on the killings or mistreatment of immigrant women or girls who resisted familial pressure to marry against their will.

Saman Abbas, who had migrated from Pakistan to Novellara in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. Embraced Western customs, including dating a partner of her choice. According to investigators, this led to intense displeasure from Abbas’ parents, who insisted on her marrying an older cousin in Pakistan.

An autopsy revealed that the young woman died from a broken neck bone, possibly as a result of strangulation. She allegedly told her boyfriend that she was afraid for her life. Because she refused to marry an older man in her homeland.

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