By Hilary White

LONDON, November 30, 2005 ( – The three men convicted of the “honour” killing of nineteen year-old Iranian engineering student Arash Ghorbani-Zarin, may be investigated for procuring an illegal late term abortion as well. Chomir Ali’s daughter, 20 year-old Manna Begum, was six months pregnant by Ghorbani-Zarin, and the family, after having him knifed 46 times, went on to have his child killed in an illegal late term abortion facility in Spain.

The murdered man’s father, Raheem Ghorbani-Zarin, has called for prosecution for the illegal abortion as well as the stabbing murder. “Manna’s family have not only killed my son but also my unborn grandchild,” he said in interviews. Before his murder, Arash had taken a job in addition to his studies in order to be able to support Manna and their child.

“We would have looked after the child and it would have had a loving family. If what they have done by going to Spain is illegal then a prosecution should follow,” said Ghorbani-Zarin.

Six months gestation is beyond the legal cut-off limit for what is termed “non-emergency terminations” in Britain and in Spain. Manna was sent to Clinicia Ginemedex, the same Spanish abortion facility that had been exposed in the Telegraph last year as a destination of many British women seeking abortions after the 24-week limit.

Ali denied he had told his daughter to have the abortion, but admitted that he and his father lent Manna £2,000.

Under the Offences Against the Person Act of 1861 and the 1967 abortion law procuring an abortion after the 24-week limit is liable to prosecution. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), however, was not prosecuted for having sent women to abort their children in the Barcelona abortion facility.

The Telegraph quotes Julia Millington, of the ProLife Alliance saying of the Spanish late-term facility, “For the Ginemedex clinic no stage in pregnancy is ever too late, no questions are asked and no counseling [sic] is offered.”
“In the tragic case of poor Manna Begum it is unthinkable that Ginemedex might not have considered her a suicide risk in having the abortion had they had any notion whatsoever of her history. Did they know, or care, that she was having an abortion paid for by a father who had orchestrated the killing of her boyfriend?”

The Telegraph revealed in October 2004 that staff at Clinicia Ginemedex admitted to falsifying paperwork saying that they “play with the law so it’s not completely legal,” and that they sometimes commit abortions on children as old as 30 weeks.

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