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Afshan Azad Retracts Nothing: Important Update From the Ministry of Magic
by Phyllis Chesler
Potential honor killing victim, Harry Potter actress, Afshan Azad, may not have been the one who asked that charges against her father and brother be dropped. One of my wonderful readers, a legal secretary, read the British media more carefully than I did and pointed out that Afshan herself is simply not on record as saying that she wanted the charges dropped or that she wanted to retract anything. While she may have said this, we have absolutely no record of her having done so. I did not note that this quote about dropping the charges was attributed to the lawyer, John Wolfson, who is representing the jailed father and brother.
On both July 3 and again on July 4 the lawyer, John Wolfson, said that Afshan had asked that charges be dropped. I was wrong to attribute Wolfson's words to the potential victim. In an exchange with the sharp-eyed legal secretary, she told me:
"I have not been in contact with Ms. Azad. (If I were, I would give her the exact same warning you're giving her). I simply smelled a rat yesterday when I read the report that she'd tried "three times" to retract her statement. My first reaction was exactly like yours – I believed it and I was horrified. But when I scrolled down the body of the text, I discovered that wasn't Ms. Azad who'd said it – it was instead the attorney for her father and brother – Mr. John Wolfson. The lawyer for the potential honor murderers is quoted as saying:
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