As the trial of a Moroccan man accused of stabbing his daughter to death in an honour killing opened in the northern Italian city of Udine on Monday, a Muslim politician said all Italians "are on the side of women".

El Ketawi Dafani is facing murder charges after allegedly stabbing his 18-year-old daughter to death for falling in love with an Italian man in the small town of Montereale Valcellina, northwest of Trieste.

Sanaa Dafani was stabbed in the throat in September, while she was sitting in a car with her 31-year-old boyfriend.

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