Tarik Mahmood Sheikh (58), the father of Sadia, had been arrested on Sunday. He was preparing to leave for Pakistan. Police are still searching for Sadia's brother, Mudasar Sheikh (24), the chief suspect in the murder, who had disappeared after the murder.
Twenty year old Sadia was killed by her brother on Oct 22nd, in Lodelinsart (Charleroi) after refusing an arranged marriage in Pakistan. Her father was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of murder. The arrest is the result of new information the public prosecution got through tapping phone conversations.
Tarik Mahmood Sheikh had meanwhile sold a lot of properties, looking to return to Pakistan. He already had a plane ticket with him. According to the man's lawyer he had put his house in Brussels up for sale and wanted to spend his last years in Pakistan.
Two lawyers taken on by the family to protect Saida's brother's interests have called on him to give himself in to the police.
The family claims this was a 'family drama' and not an 'honor murder'.
Sources: HLN 1, 2 ,3 (Dutch)
See also: Charleroi: Pakistani honor murder