The two men accused in the high-profile death of 16-year-old Aqsa Parvez appeared in a Brampton court yesterday as a preliminary hearing began in a case previously described as an alleged honour killing. Ms. Parvez was found strangled in her family’s home on Dec. 10, 2007. Friends have claimed Ms. Parvez had been at odds with her family over her refusal to wear the hijab, the Islamic headscarf worn by some Muslim women. She had reportedly spent time away from home, slept at various friends’ houses or at community shelters.
Muhammad Parvez, 57, and his son, Waqas, 26, both charged with first-degree murder, appeared at the provincial courthouse for the first day of a preliminary hearing that is expected to last several weeks. Prosecutors will be required to convince Justice George Gage that there is enough evidence to warrant a trial.