Supreme Court will hear extradition case of mother and uncle after Jassi’s killing

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The Supreme Court of Canada will 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 thenjustice  minister Peter MacKay to issue
a surrender order. In court, the Crown  alleged the pair orchestrated the murder
because Sidhu had married a poor rickshaw   driver in India, rather than the wealthy
older man they preferred. Four men have  already been convicted of murder in India
in the case.  Sidhu and Badesha appealed the  extradition, raising a number of grounds,
including that they might be tortured or  neglected in Indian jails. In a split ruling in
February, The British Columbia Court of  Appeal set aside the minister’s order. “In my
view, there is a valid basis for concern that  the applicants will be subjected to violence,
torture and/or neglect if surrendered,” Justice Ian Donald said in his reasons for
judgment.

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