The father, stepmother and uncle of 10-year-old Sara Sharif were charged with murder after police found her body at their Surrey home in August.
Sara’s father, Urfan Sharif, 41, her stepmother, Beinash Batool, 29, and her uncle, Faisal Malik, 28, flew to Pakistan with five children in August. Shortly after arriving, Sharif called emergency services in the UK to report that Sara had died at their home in Horsell, near Woking.
The discovery of her body sparked an international police search after an autopsy revealed she suffered “multiple and extensive injuries” over a “sustained and prolonged” period.
They were also accused of causing or permitting the death of a child. All three have been remanded in custody and will appear at Guildford Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
The trio traveled to Pakistan a day before police discovered Sara’s body in Woking on August 10.
They were arrested on Wednesday evening at Gatwick Airport as they disembarked from a flight from Dubai.
Police said Sara’s mother had been informed of the latest developments and was receiving support from specialist officers.
The three had disappeared after arriving in Pakistan. Urfan Sharif’s five children were thought to be with him, but it emerged on Monday that they were staying with their grandfather Muhammad Sharif at his home in Jhelum. They were found after a police raid and were taken into care in Pakistan.
The Guardian reported on Sunday that Muhammad Sharif was negotiating with local politicians and police to have the fugitives come out of hiding and handed over to British authorities. They would be afraid of being mistreated if they were picked up by the Pakistani police.
A Jhelum police official told the Guardian he felt “relieved” to have concluded a “really complicated case”.