NOVELLARA – One hundred steps separate the door of the apartment where the Abbas family lived from the curve that stretched like a curtain on the figure of Saman. Just ninety meters of dirt path, hidden from the main road by a long hedge; remnants of freedom that the 18-year-old Pakistani woman who disappeared from a mesa in Novellara must have known well. She watched them from the window of the white farmhouse of the Bartoli company and it was one of the few stretches that she was allowed to travel. Every now and then, in the evening, when the glances were few, the women of the Abbas house were seen going out for a walk and crossing the road towards the fields. The body strictly covered, always in pairs. All the more so after the girl’s return, on April 11, after an escape lasting months, to escape from the arranged marriage with a Pakistani cousin to whom her parents had promised her in marriage.
The escape to freedom
Just during that escape to freedom, he had crossed the same dirt road at a brisk pace, raising the dust with the wheels of the trolley that he dragged behind him. So the surveillance cameras of the farm had taken it, already analyzed by the Carabinieri in the summer of 2020 after the family had raised the alarm for the disappearance of their minor daughter. But on 30 April, on those 90 meters of roadway, Saman probably took his last steps, filmed by the cameras and now in the proceedings of the investigation into his probable murder. Not only the video says so but also Saman’s minor brother, now under protection in a community. It will be the probative incident requested by the prosecutor Laura Galli, to crystallize his words. He is the only member of the Abbas family left in Novellara, after the sudden departure of his parents for Pakistan and the disappearance of his uncle and cousins.
The revelation of the brother
Also the brother, he would be the first to tell the investigators about the killing of his sister. In the video of April 30, Saman is caught leaving the house escorted by her parents Shabbar Abbas, 46, and Nazia Shaheen, 47. Later, her father and mother are seen returning without her. According to the Prosecutor’s Office, Saman was handed over to her uncle Danish Hasnain, 33, the material perpetrator of the crime. Hasnain is under investigation for murder and corpse concealment in competition with Shabbar Abbas and Nazia Shaheen. Then there is a detail that suggests premeditation. From the video of April 29, which portrays three men armed with work tools head towards the fields at an unusual time (7.15pm), returning only 2.5 hours later, confirmation would come. The family would move early to find a place to hide Saman’s body.
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