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Father Of Harry Potter Star Says She Tried To Retract Statement Three Times

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We earlier told you about how Harry Potter actress Afshan Azad's brother and father were on trial in Manchester, England for allegedly threatening to kill her.

Now the lawyer for her brother is saying that she tried retracting the statement three times. He adds:

"This is a desperately sad situation and she has never wanted her father and brother to be locked up. She has tried on three occasions to retract her statement and has pleaded with the Crown Prosecution Service not to proceed. I sincerely hope for the family's sake that this can be quickly and happily resolved. My client and his father have already denied the charges and will maintain that plea."

Something definitely seems fishy here! Maybe she was terrified for her life and felt she had to retract her statement?

Hmmm, this all sounds too crazy. We hope she is okay!

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24 comments to “Father Of Harry Potter Star Says She Tried To Retract Statement Three Times”



  1. 1

    she probably got threatened by family or other members of the community. stay strong and go through with it, afshan! a high profile case like this is whats needed to send out a message than this behaviour towards women isnt acceptable. the government need to grown up and realise that trying not to offend a religion (which these two men arent representative of anyway) isnt worth sacrificing innocent people



  2. 2

    And while that was happening what her mom was doing? Did she even try to stop them for murdering her OWN daughter? WTF?



  3. 3

    Pretty girl.



  4. 4

    So now she wasnt beaten nearly to death. Gee imagine that. A bullshit story here. Who would have thought.



  5. 5

    In the U.K., a victim can retract their police statement, but the Crown Prosecution Service can still pursue the charges.

    The pair is expected to stand trial on 12 July (10).



  6. 6

    She probably still loves her brother and father and I'm sure she doesn't want to see them locked up for several years. I am sure she is terrified as to what this will do to her family. But girl, you gotta stay strong. You have to send a message to your family and to people all over the world that violence towards women will not be tolerated. Whether its a cultural thing or not, she should not have to fear for her life in her own home. And its kinda a bummer that Perez defends Riannah to the death but has called into question this girls situation. LOTS of women retract their statements either out of fear or because someone told them to. I think that Perez has little respect for this girl even tho it is clear that he has no idea what her situation is. Tell me Perez, if the people you loved threatened to or attempted to kill you, then your face ended up all over the tabloids, and your mother was begging you to drop the charges…what would u do if you were a 19 year old girl???? That's right, you have never been a 19 year old girl…well I have and I might have done the same thing to save my family and keep our business out of the papers!



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    Re: FemaleFilmMajor – excuse me VIOLENCE is not cultural. It is ignorance and abusive uneducated societies and humans who participate in violence. Culture is food, dancing, clothes, not killing beating torture and rape. That EXCUSE givin' by immigrants to Europeans and North Americans has got to be the most ridiculous of all regarding Indians and Pakistanis saying it is culture. The women do not claim this. Only the abusers. In Pakistan and India it is illegal to hurt or abuse anyone including any male or female family member. Ignorance must END.



  8. 8

    Poor girl. Someone from her family must have threatened her to retract the statement. It can be really scary.. i have a friend that's been in the same situation. And they always have to mention that the family is Muslim.. i don't think that matters, it's a cultural thing not religion. I hope she gets through it..



  9. 9

    She is obviously being threatened by her family and religious community. Remember this whole thing started because she was dating a non-muslim.



  10. 10

    Wait… a THREAT of death? I thought her bro and dad actually tried to kill her.



  11. 11

    odds are the story is true…but the family threatened to shun her.
    Re: Basem Nassif – the mothers dont try to stop 'honor' killings. they stick by the men in the family.



  12. 12

    We should just nuke the middle east and be done with it. Those whack jobs are clearly messed in the head. Our tax money is going towards this useless war..Then we have to pay for them to get their cities repaired due to our bombings..Would of been cheaper/safer just to drop a nuke on that entire country then rebuild from there.

  13. jian says – reply to this


    13

    DEFINITELY FISHY. I BELIEVE THEY THREATENED TO KILL HER. This needs to STOP!!!!!!!! Stay strong woman…see this case through.



  14. 14

    Unfortunately in many strict traditional families, honoring family members is so important that you end up putting people on pedastools. When push comes to shove you feel like you are betraying not only your family members but your community and everything you are. You are weighed down with guilt.

    Though if she could reach out to strong female representatives in her community of her culture and background. People who could relate to her from a cultural stand point, she could feel less guilty about pressing charges and realize that she should be the one on the pedastool. Get help darling and don't be scared or ashamed to find help.



  15. 15

    Re: xoxo_anonymous – This is ignorant, i know my mother would whoop some kungfu shit out.

  16. Txiki says – reply to this


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    Yea. Stinky fishy story from the getgo. How beautiful is this young woman? Star quality. Why can't she speak for herself? She is not represented by her brother's lawyer. But only she can choose to be independent. It is a hard choice to make when you've been beaten down for a long time by arrogant bullies. The court hearing is July 12th? The world will be watching and we will be rooting for Afshan Azad. I want to see her beauty and work for years to come.

  17. @v@ says – reply to this


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    Family Pressure to retract on life threatened females is common. I'm not surprised that authorities aren't allowing her to back up. It's a huge problem, and England is having none of this.

  18. @v@ says – reply to this


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    Re: NookiesWA – You are so cavalierly advocating the largest mass genocide that would ever be known in the history of man. You're a monster. Start by reading up on Hitler, Attila the Hun, Napoleon.



  19. 19

    I really hope she doesn't die a horrible ugly death



  20. 20

    Re: Basem Nassif – no
    they don't do that lest they get murdered horribly themselves
    poor Moms



  21. 21

    Re: NookiesWA – no
    just KEEP them in the Middle East
    and NOT deal with them



  22. 22

    Re: Larizza – generations of repression are a hard yoke to throw



  23. 23

    Re: @v@ – Yay!
    England!!!

  24. @v@ says – reply to this


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    Even if they allowed her to recant, if her own relatives are capable of death threats, then they could very well follow through on it anyway. Threatening anyone with death is a very serious offense in England. It's England's law, and they live in England.