Fugitive wanted for murder of PC Sharon Beshenivsky to fight extradition to UK
The alleged mastermind of a robbery that led to the murder of rookie PC Sharon Beshenivsky has appeared in court in Pakistan.
Piran Ditta Khan, 72, wanted in connection with the officer’s killing in 2005, is set to fight extradition to the UK.
Khan, who was arrested in January, appeared before a court in Islamabad on an administrative matter relating to his extradition today.
He was remanded back into custody and is due in court again this Friday.
PC Beshenivsky, 38, was gunned down and killed during a raid at a travel agent in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
Her partner, PC Teresa Milburn, was also shot but survived.
Six men were jailed in connection with her murder but alleged ringleader Khan, who maintains his innocence, fled and went on the run in Pakistan.
A £20,000 reward for information leading to his capture was issued by West Yorkshire Police.
Det Supt Mark Swift said: “We expect many more court appearances as this process progresses and continue to work with colleagues from the National Crime Agency, CPS and the Pakistani Authorities to ensure it is completed as quickly as possible.”
Mum-of-five PC Beshenivsky had been a police officer for only nine months when she was blasted in the chest on daughter Lydia’s fourth birthday.
The bullet tore through her stab-proof vest.
Sharon’s husband Paul, who has since remarried, welcomed Khan’s arrest in January, saying: “It will give me a bit of closure”.