Custody death family just ‘want the truth’
Compiled from BBC News & other sources
published: 30 March 2008
News updates on this case will be listed at the foot of this item
Nadeem Khan – known as Dean – died in hospital after falling ill at Burnley Police Station on Saturday 30th June. Post-mortem tests failed to determine how he died and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is awaiting toxicology tests.
Mr Khan’s family said they had been left “deeply distressed” by his death. The 28-year-old was arrested in Brierfield at about 0900 BST on 30 June after reports of windows being smashed and violent behaviour. After Mr Khan became ill he was taken to Burnley General Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1030 BST.
The IPCC said initial tests confirmed that he had suffered no serious trauma injuries and had no natural disease. The family said they were being kept informed about the IPCC investigation and urged people not to speculate about what happened to Mr Khan.
In a statement, the family said: “Dean was a great son, brother, friend and dad and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.”Dean was a very generous person and would do anything for the people he cared about. He was protective of his family and friends.
“He was the one who everyone turned to in the time of need and the family always felt protected when he was around. We just wish we were there to protect him. “There are a lot of questions to be answered and we are determined to find out the truth.”
Hundreds of protesters marched in Burnley last Saturday seeking answers to questions about the death of Nadeem Khan in police custody. His family, including his mother Brenda who is suffering from cancer and who signed herself out of hospital, joined the march.
Organiser Shiraz Khan, Nadeem Khan’s cousin, said, “This is just the start. We won’t let this be brushed under the carpet. We won’t rest until we have justice.”
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