His arrests were the result of close cooperation between Pakistani authorities and British detectives
A Pakistani man was arrested in the murder of a British female police officer who was shot when she responded to a robbery in the city of Bradford in 2005, police said in the UK.
The 71-year-old suspect, Piran Ditta Khan, who was detained earlier this week, appeared before a court in Islamabad on an extradition request from Britain. His arrests were the result of close cooperation between Pakistani authorities and British detectives, police said. Khan was taken into pre-trial detention and must return to court later in January.
British police officer Sharon Beshenivsky, a 38-year-old mother of three, was shot and killed outside a travel agency in Bradford during a reaction to an armed robbery.
Six men were later arrested in Britain, but Khan, suspected of being the organizer of the armed gang, had fled abroad. In 2016, the police in Britain made a new appeal to Khan, who despite a reward of 20,000 British pounds (about $ 26,000) remained large for information that led to his arrest.
The West Yorkshire police confirmed the arrest of Khan in Pakistan. British detective Mark Swift thanked on Wednesday “the officers of the National Crime Agency in Pakistan and partners who made this arrest possible.”