VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) — The mother and uncle of a Canadian woman who was the victim of an alleged “honor killing” have had their extradition order to India overturned by British Columbia’s appeal court over concerns they will be tortured.
A B.C. Supreme Court judge had ordered the surrender of Malkit Sidhu and Surjit Badesha to police in India in 2014 after finding there was enough evidence for them to face trial for the murder of 25-year-old Jassi Sidhu. She had secretly married against family wishes and fled Canada for India to reunite with her husband. She was stabbed to death in Punjab in 2000.
But in a split decision, Justice Ian Donald said in his ruling Friday that India’s assurances about protecting prisoners are empty because of its record of human rights abuses.
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