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Brazen killer sues ITV for £400,000 claiming drama based on niece’s ‘honour killing’ blackened his name

Brazen killer sues ITV for £400,000 claiming drama based on niece’s ‘honour killing’ blackened his name

Brazen killer sues ITV for £400,000 claiming drama based on niece’s ‘honour killing’ blackened his name

A KILLER is suing ITV for £400,000, claiming a crime drama based on the “honour killing” of his niece blackened his name.

Ari Mahmod, 68, represents himself and, if he wins, hopes to spend the damages when he is released, scheduled for 2030.

Ari Mahmod ordered three cousins ​​to kill Banaz Mahmod, 20, after she left an abusive arranged marriage.Credit: PA: Press Association
Banaz was raped, beaten and strangled and her body buried in a Birmingham garden.Credit: PA: Press Association

He ordered three cousins ​​to kill Banaz Mahmod, 20, after she left an abusive arranged marriage.

The four and Banaz’s father were sentenced to life in prison in 2007 and 2010.

In 2020, the horrific crime was dramatized in Honor, starring Keeley Hawes as the police officer who caught Mahmod.

Banaz, from Mitcham, south London, was raped and strangled and her body buried in a Birmingham garden.

Court documents obtained by The Sun show Mahmod, who is in Whitemoor prison, Cambs, is demanding £400,000 for “defamation, slander and slander”.

He launched his action while his victim’s terrified relatives remain hidden under witness protection for fear of his wrath.

A legal source said: “It is astonishing that a man convicted of such a sickening crime could suggest the ITV show blackened his name. “He conspired, instigated and ordered the heinous sexual torture and rape of his own niece in the name of ‘honour’ and clearly has no reputation left to damage.”

ITV has ordered law firm Osborne Clarke to defend the action and yesterday declined to comment.

The heartbreaking true story of Banaz Mahmod, murdered by her own family in an ‘honour killing’