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Campaigners accuse police of double standards ahead of Habib Ullah vigil
CAMPAIGNERS have accused the police of double standards as they prepare to hold a vigil to mark the sixth anniversary of the death of Habib ‘Paps’ Ullah.
Justice4Paps will hold a peaceful protest outside Wycombe police station on June 19 as it continues its quest for answers over his death.
The 39-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest during a stop-and-search in Sharrow Vale on July 3, 2008.
He was being restrained by officers who were trying to force a drugs package out of his throat.
Mr Ullah’s sister, Nasit Mahmood, said the family is still seeking closure six years on from his death - yet pointed to a case last week in which a man was charged and due before the courts within two weeks of allegedly assaulting two officers.
She said: “A man assaults police officers in High Wycombe and is arrested and charged and will be due in court in just over two weeks.
“My brother died during a stop and search involving four officers, and the family have been waiting almost six years for a decision to be made on whether or not to charge the officers involved and bring them to trial.
“The system does not seem to work when police are the alleged perpetrators.”
Thames Valley Police declined to respond to Ms Mahmood’s comments.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission referred Mr Ullah’s case to the Crown Prosecution Service in February. No decisions have been made.
The IPCC reopened its investigation into the case after the 2010 inquest into Mr Ullah’s death was abandoned after the Buckinghamshire Coroner was informed police officers had been advised to change their statements.
Five TVP officers and a solicitor acting for police officers were interviewed by the IPCC under criminal caution.
The six year vigil – brought forward due to Ramadan and to coincide with Father’s Day – will be held between 5pm and 7pm on Thursday.
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