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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 February, 2005, 13:20 GMT
Honour killer loses parole bid
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Abdul Haq and Mohammed Saleem were sentenced to life in 1991
A Huddersfield man serving life for the deaths of his sister and her lover in a double honour killing has been told "there is no chance of early parole".

Judges told Abdul Haq on Thursday there was no justification to reduce the minimum period he must remain in jail.

Victims Sharifan Bibi and Hasmat Ali went missing in 1988. Haq and brother Mohammed Saleem were given a minimum term of 16 years for murder in 1991.

Ms Bibi was said to have brought disgrace upon the family.

Haq, who was 23 at the time of the murders, applied to the High Court in London for a reduction in the time he has to serve before early release provisions apply.

'Aggravating circumstances'

Rejecting the application, Mr Justice Stanley Burnton, said: "The motive for the murders certainly did not mitigate their seriousness, nor did the fact that they were, it seems, instigated within the family by someone to whom the applicant would normally accord respect."

He added Haq's application was partly based on the progress he had made in prison since his conviction.

But, he said, that was "not sufficiently exceptional" to justify a reduction.

Justice Burnton said: "It is certainly insufficient to justify a reduction below 16 years for a double 'honour' murder of a sister and her lover, with the aggravating circumstances of the concealment or destruction of their bodies."

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