Man extradited from Pakistan and charged with murder
A man extradited from Pakistan has been charged in connection with the 2001 murder of Naziat Khan in Streatham in August 2001.
Zafar Iqbal, 61 (06.06.1960) was extradited from Pakistan on Tuesday, 14 September. After arriving in the UK he was taken to a west London police station and has since been charged.
He will appear at Croydon Magistrates’ Court via videolink on Wednesday, 15 September.
Naziat’s family have been kept informed of developments throughout and continue to be supported by specialist officers.
The extradition was the result of collaborative work between the Metropolitan Police, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the National Crime Agency.
Notes to editors
- Zafar Iqbal (DOB 06.06.1960) has been charged with murder.
- The decision to charge has been made in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.
- The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges for the criminal court to consider.
- The CPS assessment of any case is not in any sense a finding of, or implication of, any guilt or criminal conduct. It is not a finding of fact, which can only be made by a court, but rather an assessment of what it might be possible to prove to a court, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.
- This assessment is based on the evidence available arising out of the police investigation and not on the evidence that is likely to be gathered by the defence, and likely to be used to test the prosecution evidence. The CPS charging decision is therefore necessarily an assessment on the basis of the evidence that is available to the CPS at the time the decision is made.
- CPS prosecutors must also keep every case under review, so that they take account of any change in circumstances that occurs as the case develops, including what becomes known of the defence case. If appropriate, the CPS may change the charges or stop a case.
- No further information is available at this stage.