Trial halted as accused dad hospitalized

(SEE MY UPDATE, Nov. 4, –Shafia to be released from hospital)

The trial of three Montreal residents accused of murdering four family members could continue, even if one of the accused is incapacitated or dies, according to a criminal procedure expert. The nine-day-old trial of alleged honour killers Mohammad Shafia, 58, (inset) his wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 41, and their son Hamed, 20, was abruptly halted Thursday morning when it was revealed that the father had been taken to hospital late Wednesday evening because of a “serious medical emergency.” Police and the man’s lawyer would not reveal the nature of the problem. The trial, slated to run for up to 10 weeks, was adjourned until Tuesday.

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