Amran Guilty of Murdering Wife

December 12, 2012

Dec. 12, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tim Connolly (508) 368-7236 or Paul Jarvey (508) 368-7241

WORCESTER — Asim Amran was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being found guilty today of first degree murder in the poisoning death of his wife, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Faiza Malik, 27 and a native of Pakistan, died on or about Dec. 31, 2008 of a fatal dose of morphine in the Fitchburg apartment she shared with her husband and their 3-year-old son. Her body was found eight months later inside a suitcase near the Depot Road exit off Interstate 395 in Oxford.

State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office made the discovery after being told of the location by Rukshara Saffa, who had a relationship with Mr. Amran, now 33.

The jury deliberated about seven hours between Tuesday and today before reaching its verdict. Superior Court Judge Janet Kenton-Walker then imposed the mandatory life-without-parole sentence.

“Faiza Malik came to this country with hopes of a bright future, but she was betrayed by the man she left her native land for,” Mr. Early said. “We hope this verdict can bring some closure to her friends and family.”

He praised Senior First Assistant District Attorney Daniel J. Bennett and Assistant District Attorney Sara Khan for the prosecution of the case and the detectives assigned to his office as well as Fitchburg Police for their investigation.