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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 March 2007, 13:46 GMT 14:46 UK
'Honour' victim sister threatened
Banaz Mahmod Babakir Agha
Banaz had fallen in love with a man her family did not want her to marry
The sister of a young woman allegedly murdered by relatives in an "honour killing" also received death threats from the family, the Old Bailey heard.

Bekhal Mahmod, 22, was beaten and called a whore and accused of being too Westernised, jurors heard.

The body of her sister Banaz, 20, was found in a suitcase buried in a garden in Birmingham in April last year.

Banaz's father Mahmod Mahmod, 52, and uncle, Ari Mahmod, 50, of Mitcham, south London, deny murder.

Ari and Darbaz Maref-Rasull, 24, of Hounslow, west London, also deny conspiracy to pervert justice

"Rid of you"

Bekhal said she had been threatened by Ari after she and her cousin had been seen with a man, though she said he was just a friend.

Then a schoolgirl, she was sitting in her bedroom with her parents and her uncles, she told the court.

Ari, she said, sat on a chair cross-legged and touched the bottom of his foot to emphasise the importance of what he was saying.

She told the court: "He said, 'If I was your father you would have been turned to ashes by now'.

"'Your father's your father. I would have killed you by now, got rid of you'... I started crying."

The trial continues.

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