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Sara Sharif’s fugitive father, stepmother and uncle fly back to Britain to surrender to police after 10-year-old’s death
13 September 2023, 14:34 | Updated: 13 September 2023, 15:25
Sara Sharif's father, stepmother and uncle are returning to the UK after fleeing to Pakistan following the 10-year-old's death at home in Woking.
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Police have been searching for the three relatives - her father Urfan Sharif, his partner, Beinash Batool, and brother Faisal Malikafter - after they fled to Pakistan following Sara's death.
The family lawyer, Raja Haq Nawaz, said they boarded an Emirates flight from Sialkot to Dubai and are due to transfer to another flight to Gatwick before landing this evening.
The trio voluntarily left after police failed to arrest them, according to MailOnline.
A spokesman for Jhelum Police, Mudassar Khan, also confirmed that they were returning to the UK but no further details were given.
Sara Shariff: Urfan Sharif and Beinash Batool say they are willing to cooperate with UK authorities
A post-mortem examination found that Sara suffered “multiple and extensive injuries” over a “sustained and extended” period of time.
Her cause of death is "not yet ascertained" but is likely to be "unnatural", an inquest opening into her death at Surrey Coroner's Court previously heard.
Sara's father and stepmother shared a public statement last week, saying they were "willing to cooperate with the UK authorities".
Ms Batool described Sara's death as an "incident", saying: "Firstly, I would like to talk about Sara. Sara's death was an incident. Our family in Pakistan are severely affected by all that is going on."
She continued: "All of our family members have gone into hiding as everyone is scared for their safety.
"The kids are unable to attend school as they're afraid to leave the house. No one is leaving the house.
"The groceries have run out and there is no food for the kids as the adults are unable to leave their homes out of fear for safety."
She ended saying: "Lastly, we are willing to cooperate with the UK authorities and fight our case in court."
It comes after five children who travelled to Pakistan with Sara's father were removed from their grandfather's home by police in Pakistan. Officers raided the house in the hunt for the trio
Surrey Police said they are now working to secure their safe return to the UK.
The force said it had been working with Surrey County Council and international authorities after a Pakistani court ruled the children would be temporarily moved to a government childcare facility on Tuesday.
It is unclear where the children will ultimately be sent or for how long they may be kept in the facility.