WATCH (above): A BC Supreme Court judge has ordered the extradition of a Maple Ridge mother and uncle accused of plotting a so-called honour killing. Jill Bennett reports.
Video: Honour killings extradition hearing (2013)
VANCOUVER – A mother and uncle accused of ordering the so-called “honour” killing of a young British Columbia woman will be extradited to face murder and conspiracy charges in India.
Jaswinder (Jassi) Sidhu was found stabbed to death in Punjab in June 2000, and her mother, Malkit Kaur Sidhu, and uncle, Surjit Singh Badesha, are charged with murder and conspiracy in India.
The Federal Justice Minister has 90 days to make a final decision and mother and uncle have 30 days to appeal.
They are accused of masterminding the Maple Ridge woman’s death there 14 years ago.
READ MORE: A timeline of Sidhu’s life and death
Jassi Sidhu went against her family’s wishes when she married a rickshaw driver named Mithu.
In 2000, she was killed in a savage attack and her husband was left for dead. Jassi’s mother, Malkiat Kaur Sidhu, and uncle, Surjit Singh Badesha, are believed to have been behind the so-called ‘honour killing’.
Suspicion fell on them quickly, but they were not arrested until two years ago. If the extradition is approved, they will face conspiracy charges in India.
Four men have already been convicted in India of committing the murder.
– with files from Canadian Press
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