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25-year teaching ban for man who killed pregnant wife

Mukhtiar Panghali is on trial for second-degree murder and interference with a dead body in the October, 2006, death of his wife.

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A B.C. man convicted of murdering his pregnant wife has been stripped of his teaching licence for 25 years.

A recent decision by the provincial Teacher Regulation Branch says the agency doesn't have the authority to hand down a lifetime ban, but the penalty amounts to the same thing for Mukhtiar Panghali.

The high school science teacher was convicted three years ago of second-degree murder for killing his wife, Manjit, and then burning her body.

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The 31-year-old elementary school teacher was four months pregnant when she disappeared on her way to a yoga class in the fall of 2006.

Panghali made a tearful plea at a news conference asking for tips that might lead to a killer.

He was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 15 years.

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