May 28, 2017

Harry Potter Actress Pleas With Court To Drop Charges Against Father, Brother

By Hanako M. Ricks

HollywoodNews.com: The drama continues to unfold for Harry Potter actress Afshan Azad, who made headlines a few weeks ago when it was reported that her father and brother attempted to kill her in what has since been described as an attempted “honor killing”, due to their disapproval of her dating a Hindu man.

Ms. Azad appeared in a Manchester court on yesterday to plea with the court on her relative’s behalf. Speaking from a courtroom separate from where her relatives were, the actress gave a statement to the judge:

“I dearly love my father and brother. The proceedings have caused me no end of distress and if it goes ahead, it will make things much worse for me.”

A few weeks ago, a defense attorney for her father, Adbul, told news outlets that Ms. Azad wanted the charges dropped – a statement that angered many people who complained that the statement did not come from Ms. Azad or her own attorney. Yesterday in court, an attorney for her brother Ashraf corroborated that statement with the following:

“Over the last several weeks the complainant in this matter has made it clear to the prosecution directly that she does not support the prosecution at all in this matter.”

The judge in the case refused Ms. Azad’s plea to drop the charges, and committed the two men to trial, which is scheduled to be heard on August 23. They have both been out on bail, with the condition that they do not have any contact with Ms. Azad.

The well-being of Ms. Azad is in the heart and mind of this Harry Potter fan, and I hope that whatever the outcome, she remains happy, and above all, safe.

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