The Toronto Star… A Mississauga father and son have been ordered to stand trial next year in a slaying that has attracted international attention.
Justice George Gage today decided there was enough evidence for Muhammad Parvez, now 59, and his son Waqas, now 28, to be tried for the planned and pre-meditated slaying of Aqsa Parvez. They were both committed to trial on a charge of first-degree murder in the strangulation death of Aqsa Parvez.
The 16-year-old student at Applewood Heights Secondary School died on Dec. 10, 2007. Aqsa, known to her friends as “Axa” was the youngest of eight children in the family, which immigrated from Pakistan.
The killing, which some have described as a carefully planned honour killing while others say was a horrible case of uncontrollable domestic violence continues to be the subject of world-wide Internet discussion involving a clash of Western and Middle Eastern cultures.
Evidence presented at the lengthy preliminary hearing and the reasons behind Justice Gage’s decision remain under a court-ordered publication ban.