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Woman on trial charged with murdering teenager in Edinburgh flat

A woman has gone on trial accused of murdering a teenager at his Edinburgh flat.

Shafquat Saleem, 39, allegedly set fire to Imran Saleem's home at Barn Park on 14 June 2001. The 18-year-old is said to have died from inhaling smoke.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Ms Saleem was also accused of attempting to murder five others in the house.

She pled not guilty to the charges and lodged a special defence of incrimination, blaming two others.

Ms Saleem was also alleged to have destroyed a car by setting fire to it, attempted to defeat the ends of justice - by cutting her hair after the incident to change her appearance - and leaving the UK for almost 10 years to avoid prosecution.

She faces a further charge of embezzling £34,327 in September 2001 from the post office she worked at in Edinburgh.

The trial before judge Lord Stewart continues.

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