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Abdul Kahar (Cont’d)

Abdul KaharOn 13th June the Metropolitan police gave in to demands for an apology from the family. The response was however relatively muted. The assistant commissioner, Andy Hayman, issued the apology saying, “I apologise for the hurt that we have caused in tackling the terrorist threat in the UK ,”

He also said. “The police service is trying its utmost to work closely with all the communities and in particular the Muslim community.” But he defended the decision to deploy armed officers, citing the 2004 Madrid train bombings and the killing of a police officer during an anti-terror raid in Manchester in 2003.

According to reports in the Sunday Times and the Sunday Telegraph the brothers could claim up to £500,000 in compensation for Mr Kahar’s injuries and for libel damages. Mark Stephens, a human rights and media lawyer at Finers, Stephens and Innocent, said Mr Kahar could receive £30,000 compensation for being shot.

Just days after the raid and shooting, a group of Muslims and supporters protested outside Scotland Yard against the tactics used by police in the raid. About 300 people gathered for the protest – against “heavy-handed police tactics” – outside the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police in central London. The Muslim Association of Britain and the Islamic Human Rights Commission were among Muslim groups represented.

The brother’s sister Humeya Kalam, issued a statement on their behalf which was read aloud to demonstrators. she said, “My brothers would like to have come today, to show unity, however they are unable to do so because they are still recovering from their injuries – both physically as well as mentally.” She said that the family was “very relieved to have them back after the hell we went through last week.”

Ms Kalam also told demonstrators she hoped their protest would “highlight the fact no other innocent family should be forced to go through the same nightmare.”

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Follow-up News:

Raid brother tells of death fears
13th June 2006

Forest Gate raid police forced to act, Blair insists
7th June 2006

Angry families threaten legal action against police over anti-terror raid
4th June 2006

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