Rona Amir Mohammad did not flee abuse at the hands of her husband Mohammad Shafia and his second wife because she feared her husband would kill her, jurors at Shafia's murder trial were told.

"She said if she leaves, her husband will kill her," Fahima Vorgetts testified Tuesday. "She took it seriously because her husband told her he will kill her if she leaves."

Vorgetts, a U.S.-based volunteer with Women for Afghan Women, a human rights organization, said she began taking phone calls from the Montreal woman in the spring of 2008, after a referral through Vorgetts' aunt. Vorgetts also is a native of Afghanistan.

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