Court to hear extradition case for mom, uncle accused in honour killing
Jaswinder Sidhu is seen in this undated photo.
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, August 11, 2016 8:19AM PDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 11, 2016 12:14PM PDT
OTTAWA -- The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear a Crown appeal in the extradition case of a mother and uncle accused in connection with a so-called honour killing in India.
Jaswinder (Jassi) Sidhu was stabbed to death in Punjab in June 2000; her mother, Malkit Kaur Sidhu, and uncle, Surjit Singh Badesha, are accused of murder and conspiracy in India.
In 2014, a British Columbia Supreme Court judge ordered them committed for extradition to India to face the charges, prompting the federal justice minister to issue a surrender order.
In a split ruling in February, the British Columbia Court of Appeal allowed an appeal and set aside the ministerial order.
That ruling found there was a basis for concern that the pair could subjected to violence, torture or neglect if surrendered to India.
As usual, the high court gave no reasons for agreeing to hear the case.