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‘Alibi’ rejected in Sidhu honour killing extradition 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Jassi Sidhu, 25, (seen right) was slain in June 2000 while she was hiding from her family in India because of their disapproval of her marriage to a rickshaw driver. (PHOTO FROM JUSTICE FOR JASSI)

Jassi Sidhu, 25, (seen right) was slain in June 2000 while she was hiding from her family in India because of their disapproval of her marriage to a rickshaw driver. (PHOTO FROM JUSTICE FOR JASSI)

The courts have rejected “alibi” evidence suggesting the mother of a murdered Maple Ridge woman was never in India to make death threats to the family of a man her daughter married against her wishes.

Malkit Kaur Sidhu’s daughter Jassi Sidhu was slain in June 2000 in the south Asian country after she married rickshaw driver Sukhwinder “Mithu” Sidhu in secret.

The elder Sidhu and her brother, Surjit Badesha, are in court fighting their potential extradition to India to face charges in the death.

According to a decision published by the B.C. Supreme Court on Tuesday, Sidhu wanted to include evidence from her son Sarwan.

It’s alleged by Indian authorities that Sidhu was in India in late 1999 or early 2000 — when the marriage was discovered — and threatened Mithu’s mother and a friend.

But in an affidavit, Sarwan wrote that he’s “sure his mother did not go to India in the last half of 1999 or the year 2000” to make threats to Mithu’s family, as he was living with her during the whole period in question.

Additionally, Sidhu sought to have the affidavit of Canada Border Services Agency’s Lynn Lawless included, as it shows the last time she left India was in early 1999, and “there are no other stamps in Sidhu’s passport.”

Justice Gregory Fitch dismissed the application.

“The proposed evidence does not undermine the further allegations … that Sidhu repeatedly made telephone calls to Indian-based witnesses threatening to kill Mithu and/or his family,” the judge wrote.

 

 

 

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