January 20, 2017

Harry Potter Star Attacked Regrets Arrests of Father, Brother

By Hanako M. Ricks

hollywoodnews.com: Afshan Azad, the Harry Potter actress who was attacked by her father and brother in an alleged honor killing attempt, apparently tried to retract her statement three times before they were arrested and charged with threatening to kill her.

Azad’s family – who are Muslim – were apparently upset that she was dating a man who was Hindu, and demanded that she end the relationship. The argument escalated and that’s when the alleged attack occurred. Her father and brother, Abdul and Ashraf Azad, were arrested and charged with threatening to kill her; her brother was also charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Both men are currently out on bail pending a July 12 hearing.

Attorney John Wolfson, who is defending the pair, insists that Afshan has tried to retract her statement, regretting the outcome of the investigation. He states that she never wanted for her father and brother to be arrested.

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

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2 Comments

  • July 4, 2010 | Permalink |

    Ms. Ricks – you must have a nasty vendetta against the victim in this case, Afshan Azad. That’s the only explanation for your misleading headline saying Ms. Azad ‘regrets’ the arrests of her father and brother and your opening paragraph saying she tried 3 times to withdraw charges. These are lies – utter lies. Ms. Azad never said or did any such thing. It’s the LAWYER for her murderous father and brother who has put out these lies. Both his clients are facing jail sentences for attempted murder; their only hope is if their lawyer can destroy the veracity of their accuser – Ms. Azad. And that is what the lawyer is attempting to do by telling lies to the press – i.e., Ms. Azad regrets the arrests and tried 3 times to withdraw charges. These are shameful lies by the lawyer – but it is even more shameful when YOU repeat them in your headline and opening paragraph. Shame on you, Ms. Ricks. Shame on you. You call yourself a Potter fan? Well, I’d love to give you some Veritaserum to make you confess why you did such a thing. It’s obvious why the lawyer for the murderous father and brother is lying – but what’s your excuse?

  • July 4, 2010 | Permalink |

    Carolyn,
    Thank you for your statement, and for showing me just how things can be taken out of context. If you took the time to actually READ the article, you would see that I did indeed note that the attorney defending Ms. Azad’s father and brother was the one who made the statements, but unless you know her personally and can attest to what her state of mind is – or until she makes an official statement herself – I can only go by the information that is currently available. To accuse me of having a personal vendetta against the actress is a bit extreme; I wish nothing but safety and well-being for Ms. Azad, whose work I’ve always admired in the films.

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