A man, Mohammed Zubair, who was wanted by British police for questioning about a double murder in Bradford, was handed over to authorities in Bradford last Thursday 19th May after being extradited from Pakistan.
It is believed this is the first extradition case between the two countires, despite both not having any extradition treaty.
Mohammed Zubair, who was 31 at the time, has been charged with the muders of Imran Khan (27) and Ahmedin Sayed (35), who were found dead in New Lane, Tong in May 2011.
Mohammed Zubair appeared in court on Thursday charged with a double murder in Bradford. He will appear in court again on Friday.
Zubair, of Health Terrace, Barkerend, has been in custody in Pakistan since November 2013 and his extradition is the first instance in more than a decade from that country to the UK. Zubair’s solicitor Shahzad Ali told the court there was an appeal pending in Pakistan before the crown court.
He said, “The desicion had not been announced by that court as to his return, so i’m not prepared to concede that his return to this country was legal. I want it noted on the record.”
Zubair appeared in the dock with handcuffs.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, said, “After five years, West Yorkshire Police has managed to arrange the extradition of Mohammed Zubair, who has been held in custody in Pakistan since November 2013. I would like to praise the Pakistani authorities for their assistance and endeavours in not only securing his arrest, but also ensuring his extradition back to the UK. This has been a long process that has taken a long time to come to fruition, and is the first instance in more than 10 years that anyone has been extradited from Pakistan to the UK”
In response to the extradition, British High Comissioner Thomas Drew CMG said, “I am delighted that the hard work of the Pakistani authorities, West Yorkshire Police and the British High Commission has paid off. The first extradition from Pakistan to the UK for ten years in an important achievement, and shows the value of British-Pakistani cooperation. I would like, in particular, to thank the Pakistani authorities for all their assistance.”