A husband accused of choking his spouse to dying has denied killing her after she requested for a divorce 20 years in the past.
Zafar Iqbal, 61, allegedly strangled Naziat Khan, 38, with a shawl at their residence in Norbury, southwest London, in August 2001.
Iqbal appeared in a jail tracksuit on the Old Bailey through video-link from HMP Wormwood Scrubs, the place he denied murdering his spouse.
After the alleged homicide, Iqbal flew to Pakistan the place he would stay for 20 years earlier than he was extradited to the UK in September final 12 months.
Iqbal is likely one of the first defendants to be extradited from Pakistan to the UK within the wake of improved relations between the 2 international locations
Anthony Orchard, prosecuting, earlier advised the courtroom: ‘On Monday, 20 August 2001, shortly after 1pm within the afternoon, the defendant killed his spouse.
‘He strangled her to dying. ‘After killing his spouse he…fled the UK to Pakistan.
‘The police have been made conscious the next day and the deceased was discovered on the deal with.
‘A autopsy examination confirmed strangulation.
‘In relation to bail, the defendant fled to Pakistan and a primary incident warrant was issued for his arrest in 2005.
‘After that, enquiries have been made with the Pakistani authorities, as a result of there was no formal extradition treaty with them, and an extradition warrant was issued which was executed in Pakistan lastly in December 2017.
‘The defendant was remanded in custody in Pakistan and our understanding is that since that point he has fought in opposition to his extradition.
‘He was extradited to the UK on 14th September this year and arrested on his arrival.’
Iqbal will stand trial on the Old Bailey on December 5 this 12 months.