Shahnawaz Amir, the main suspect in the murder of his wife Sarah Inam, was given a further three-day physical detention by an Islamabad district and sessions court. On Monday, Shahnawaz—who is also the son of respected journalist Ayaz Amir—was introduced in the court of civil judge Amir Uzair.
The investigating officer informed the court that the deceased’s passport needed to be recovered since it contains important information about her travels. Sarah Inam was murdered in Shahnawaz’s home, according to the plaintiff’s attorney, who also warned the court that the suspect might escape if the victim’s passport is not found within 14 days of the murder.
The court said that the inquiry shouldn’t jeopardise the prosecution’s case. The court allowed the Islamabad Police’s plea for a second three-day physical detention of Shahnawaz.
The temporary bail request of Shahawaz’s mother, Sameena Shah, was earlier postponed until October 7. Sameena and her attorney Arsal Amjad Hashmi stood before the court at the beginning of the hearing, while Advocate Rao Abdur Raheem defended Sarah’s father.
According to attorney Raheem, Sarah’s family does not want to bring any innocent parties into the issue. He argued that additional time should be granted to the defence so they may show whatever they want as proof of their lack of involvement in the case.
At this point, the court continued Sameena’s bail until October 7 and postponed the hearing until then.
Shahnawaz Amir, the son of senior journalist Ayaz Amir, is accused of killing Sarah at home on September 23 following an argument about a personal matter.
As a suspect in his wife’s murder, Shahnawaz was taken into custody by the police from a farmhouse in Islamabad’s Chak Shahzad neighbourhood. He later confessed to the crime. The warrants for Shahnawaz’s parents’ arrest were authorised by a trial court. Ayaz Amir was released from the case, but the judge granted Sameena an interim pre-arrest and instructed her to join the investigation.