Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Wife Was Murdered over [Pounds Sterling]250,000 Divorce'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Wife Was Murdered over [Pounds Sterling]250,000 Divorce'

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Byline: GRAHAM KEELEY

A WEALTHY businessman had his wife kidnapped and murdered because she did not "know her place", the Old Bailey heard today.

Yasmin Akhtar, 35, was allegedly abducted and strangled because she had demanded [pounds sterling]250,000 from her estranged husband, Mohammed Jamil, in a divorce settlement.

Her body was wrapped in a carpet, dumped in Larkhall Park, Stockwell, and set on fire.

Determined that Ms Akhtar would not get a large part of the family fortune, Jamil, 66, and his son Fethaullah Mohammed, 42, arranged for three other men to kidnap her from her Surrey home, take her to London and have her killed, the jury heard. Pakistan-born Ms Akhtar had an arranged marriage to Jamil and acted as his carer after he suffered a stroke. But the marriage turned sour and she wanted a divorce.

Aftab Jaferjee, prosecuting, said that behind the crime was the wife's financial claim, together with "an attitude which some men of a certain cultural background have that a woman, particularly a woman from a modest background brought to England- should quite simply know her place. …

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