Canada’s top court will hear an appeal to extradite a Maple Ridge mother and uncle accused of murdering 25-year-old Jassi Sidhu.
The young woman was killed in India in 2000 after, Crown lawyers would later argue, she married a rickshaw driver against her family’s wishes.
Her mother, Malkit Sidhu, and her uncle, Surjit Badesha, were arrested in 2012 with conspiracy to commit murder — an “honour killing.”
In 2014, a B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled there was enough evidence to extradite the pair to India to face trial.
Sidhu and Badesha appealed, and a B.C. Court of Appeal judge granted that request over concerns the two would be tortured.
But the Attorney General of Canada, acting on behalf of the Republic of India, took it a step further and requested leave for the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa to make its case.
The top court agreed Thursday to hear the appeal. A date for that hearing has not yet been set.