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Mum of Shafilea Ahmed denied chance to appeal murder conviction
THE mother of Shafilea Ahmed has been denied the chance to appeal against the conviction for murdering her daughter, the Warrington Guardian can exclusively reveal.
Farzana Ahmed, aged 49, had her application rejected at the Court of Appeal after a top judge refused her attempts to overturn the 25 year prison sentence imposed for killing the 17-year-old.
A spokesman for the Judiciary said Mrs Ahmed has until Thursday to appeal that decision.
If she decides to do so, her case will be considered again, this time by three judges.
They have the power to accept her application to appeal.
If they grant her permission, a full appeal hearing would take place at the Court of Appeal at a later date.
However, if they say no, and decide she has no grounds to reverse the murder conviction, her appeal will be over.
Mrs Ahmed, along with husband Iftikhar, aged 52, was found guilty of murder by a jury of 12 in a unanimous decision after an 11 week trial at Chester Crown Court in August last year.
Iftikhar has not applied to appeal the murder conviction, the spokesman added.