Review into Riots Deaths


Tariq Jahan, the dad of one of the men who died in the Birmingham riots, says lawyers are being asked to review the trial of eight men cleared of murder.

He says the families were left in “utter shock and despair”.

Haroon Jahan and brothers Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir died after being hit by a Mazda car as they tried to protect shops in Winson Green from looters last August.

Eight men were accused of murdering the three friends but were acquitted by a jury on Thursday 19th July, following a three month trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Haroon’s father Tariq Jahan, who made an emotional plea for calm just hours after the deaths, said:  ”The community did not let us down. The law however, has.”

He added: “Our sense of disappointment and regret over this verdict cannot be stated in words.”

Speaking to reporters in Winson Green, Mr Jahan spoke of his disappointment that no-one had been held responsible the deaths.

He said: “To our utter shock and despair, on Thursday 19 July, the jury acquitted all eight men. This is no answer for us. It simply means that no one has been held accountable for what happened.”

Mr Jahan added: “We are no longer able to trust the criminal justice system to provide the answers we so desperately need.

We have therefore instructed lawyers to review the criminal trial and the events that led to the death of our sons.

We will not rest until the people responsible for the deaths of Haroon, Shazad and Musavir have been brought to justice and we are able to get the answers we need to be able to grieve in peace. We will not let our sons down.”

Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe has issued a statement, in light of the press conference. She said: “We do not underestimate the impact that the deaths of Haroon Jahan, Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir had on their families, friends and the wider community of Birmingham and indeed nationally.

“Earlier this week Chief Constable Chris Sims, met with Harry Ireland, chief Crown prosecutor of the Crown Prosecution Service, to discuss what further steps could be taken following the end of the trial.

 ”This afternoon, the Chief Constable and Chief Crown Prosecutor will meet/have met with family members to discuss the trial, their concerns, community relations and a way forward.”

“The Chief Constable and I met with councillors last night to discuss the outcome of the trial and how the police and council can work together to build better community relations.

“Neighbourhood officers are continuing to work closely with members of the community and listen to any concerns they may wish to raise.

 ”I, alongside local officers, continue to meet with members of the community who are working hard to maintain calm and strengthen relationships.

“We are aware of a peaceful protest which is planned for tomorrow afternoon (Friday 27 July 2012).

 ”We seek to meet with the organisers of the protest so that we understand where and when the protest will take place.  Our role will be to help facilitate a peaceful protest whilst ensuring that there is minimum disruption to the local area and wider community of the West Midlands.” 

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