Rome: Italy has asked Pakistan to refer the parents of a missing teenage girl, who is suspected to have been killed by her family for refusing to marry.
The announcement was made on Thursday after the uncle of 18-year-old Saman Abbas was arrested in Paris on charges of murder along with his parents and two cousins.
The case has sparked outrage in Italy and has been on the front page since police launched an investigation into the young man’s disappearance in May. His body has not been found yet.
“Justice Minister Marta Cartabia has signed and sent to Pakistan two extradition petitions of Saman Abbas’s parents, who are under investigation for the murder of their daughter,” the Justice Ministry said on Thursday.
Prosecutors announced Wednesday the arrest of the teen’s uncle on a European warrant on the outskirts of Paris.
Saman Abbas, who lives in the northern Italian town of Novella, last year rejected his family’s plan to marry a cousin in his native Pakistan.
As a minor, she turned to social services and was transferred to a shelter in November. She also informed her parents to the police, but returned to them on April 11.
Police began searching for him May 5, when officers visited his home and found no one.
Officers then discovered that the girl’s parents had fled to Pakistan without her, and found images from a nearby security camera that they feared most.
At the end of April 29, five people were seen leaving the house holding shovels, a machete and a bucket and returning about two and a half hours later.
A cousin in the case is currently in Italian jail.