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Court sees 'honour killing' video
Banaz Mahmod Babakir Agha
Banaz's body was found in a suitcase in Birmingham
Video footage of an alleged victim of an "honour killing" has been played at a murder trial at the Old Bailey.

In it, Banaz Mahmod Babakir Agha, 20, of London, said her father, Mahmod Babakir Mahmod, and uncle, Ari Mahmod Babakir Agha, were trying to kill her.

The phone video was filmed shortly before she vanished in 2006. Her body was found in a suitcase in Birmingham.

Prosecutors said Banaz was killed at her family's instigation. Her father and uncle deny murder.

Victor Temple, QC, prosecuting, told the court that Banaz was murdered because she had fallen in love with a man her family did not want her to marry.

They decided she had shamed the family and should "pay the ultimate price", said Mr Temple.

The perceived loss of reputation was more important than his daughter's loss of life
Victor Temple, prosecutor

He continued: "Banaz was to be brought to heel. This decision was to lead directly to her murder.

"Her father was wilfully blind to the fact that they were in love.

"The father has shown no remorse from first to last. The perceived loss of reputation was more important than his daughter's loss of life."

The prosecution alleges the killing took place at the family home in Morden Road, Mitcham, south-west London, after Banaz vanished in January 2006.

Her body was found in a suitcase buried in a garden in Alexandra Road in Handsworth, four months later.

In the video played to the court she speaks in Kurdish saying "I was really scared" as she is filmed on a hospital trolley.

The jury was told that Mohamad Hama, 30, of West Norwood, south London, an associate of Ari, had pleaded guilty to murder.

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

The trial continues.


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