LONDON, UK - Police arrested three British-Pakistani relatives of a 10-year-old girl on suspicion of her murder on Wednesday, just moments after the trio returned to the UK after a month on the run in Pakistan. Sara Sharif's body was discovered on August 10 at her family's home near Woking, southeast England. A post-mortem examination revealed that she had suffered "multiple and extensive injuries" over a long period of time.
Before Sara's body was discovered, Irfan Sharif, 41, his partner Benish Batool, 29, and his brother Faisal Malik, 28, fled to Pakistan to seek refuge with relatives, sparking an international manhunt.
"Wednesday evening... three people were arrested in connection with this investigation at Gatwick Airport," Surrey Police Detective Superintendent Mark Chapman said on TV.
"Two men, aged 41 and 28 years, and a woman, aged 29, were arrested on suspicion of murder after disembarking from a flight from Dubai," he added, without naming the trio following UK police practice. Pakistani authorities took the suspects into custody and put them on a flight from Pakistan to the United Kingdom via the Gulf hub.
"They are currently held in custody and will be interviewed in due course," Chapman said.