Thursday, April 30, 1998 Published at 13:24 GMT 14:24 UK
Arsenic killer loses appeal
Supporters of Zoora Shah campaigning outside the Court of Appeal
A woman has lost an appeal against her conviction for the murder of a businessman who allegedly subjected her to years of abuse.
Despite a long campaign to free Zoora Shah, a high court judge dismissed her application for leave to appeal against the life sentence she received in 1993.
The prosecution claimed she killed Mr Azam, brother of Sher Azam, a former president of the Bradford Council for Mosques, out of greed so she could take over his house.
At her trial, the first in Britain for 23 years to involve arsenic, Shah pleaded not guilty. She claimed in her defence that Mr Azam had subjected her to years of physical and sexual abuse.
After the hearing Zoora Shah's 24-year-old daughter, Naseem, said the family felt "total devastation" at the outcome.
Ms Siddiqui said Shah was too frightened to talk about her alleged experiences at the time of the trial.
"She was frightened for her daughters because the man she killed was part of the criminal underworld, but also it was far too shameful for her to talk about a history of sexual abuse," she added.