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.