Sara Sharif’s father, stepmother, and uncle flew back to Britain in plush ‘business class seats with £4,000 tickets paid for by family members’.
Urfan Sharif, 41, his partner Beinash Batool, 29, and brother Faisal Malik, 28, boarded an Emirates A380 Airbus from Dubai and landed in London Gatwick last night.
The trio were arrested after disembarking the flight. They were taking into custody where they are being quizzed by detectives on suspicion of murder after 10-year-old Sara was found dead in her home in Woking, Surrey.
Sharif and Batool went into hiding in Pakistan for a month after Sara’s body was found in her home and an international manhunt was launched there and in the UK.
Post-mortem tests found the schoolgirl had suffered ‘multiple and extensive injuries’ over a ‘sustained and extended period of time’.
Sara Sharif (pictured) was found dead and alone in her family’s home near Woking, Surrey, on August 10
Surrey Police officers were expected to board the Emirates A380 Airbus as soon as it taxied to a halt after landing at Gatwick Airport at 7.28pm
Her mother, Olga Sharif, hardly recognised her daughter’s face when she was taken to a mortuary to identify her.
‘One of her cheeks was swollen and the other side was bruised,’ she said.
Now it can be revealed Mr Sharif, Ms Batool, and Mr Malik travelled in the Emirates airliner’s swanky upper deck with padded seats as they made their way back to Britain.
The cabin features individual fully-reclining seats and a touchscreen entertainment system with 6,500 channels with HD television.
While to the rear of the cabin there is an ‘onboard lounge’ with a cocktail bar and 55-inch television.
Relative Safeer Malik, aged in his mid-30s, pre-booked the tickets four days prior to the flight on Saturday, reported The Telegraph.
He told Burhan Ali, from Bin Adam Travels, he wanted three tickets for his brothers and sister-in-law.
Urfan Sharif and his partner Beinash Batool have both arrived back in the UK
‘He offered [to] pay in sterling but I said we only deal in Pakistani rupees so after half an hour he came with 1,500,000 RS (£4,000) and I booked the tickets,’ he said.
The three arrived at Gatwick airport at just after 7.30pm on an Emirates A380 Airbus from Sialkot, in eastern Punjab province, via Dubai, before police swooped in and took them away for questioning in connection with Sara’s death.
The couple and Malik, according to their lawyers, had decided to come back to Britain and give their accounts to the police after having been in hiding in Pakistan for the past month.
Sara was found dead at her family home in Woking, Surrey, on August 10 – a day after the three adults left the UK after ‘spending £5,000 on one way tickets to Pakistan for themselves and five children’.
The three adults left Britain with five other children aged between one and 13.
Surrey Police issued a statement, saying: ‘Sara’s mother has been informed of this latest update and is being supported by specialist officers. Our thoughts remain with her and those affected by Sara’s death at this very difficult time.
An autopsy of the girl did not establish a cause of death but showed that she had suffered ‘multiple and extensive injuries, which are likely to have been caused over a sustained and extended period of time’
Tributes outside the home of Sara Sharif, where the little girl’s body was found on August 10
‘This has been an extremely fast-moving, challenging and complex enquiry and we remain absolutely committed to conducting a thorough investigation into Sara’s death.’
Ms Sharif told The Sun that it was important the police could look into the matter with no morsel of information being left behind and everyone working together.
She said: ‘What is important now is that the police can investigate with no information being kept back or put to the side.
This needs everyone to work together. I have had to wait a long time for this and I didn’t know if they would ever be able to investigate what happened to my daughter.’