The father of one of three men killed in the 2011 Birmingham riots has taken his call for a public inquiry to the heart of government.
Tariq Jahan, from Winson Green, is meeting police minister Mike Penning alongside local MP Shabana Mahmood (Lab, Ladywood) to explain that he was still waiting for an explanation of how his son died.
His 21-year-old son Haroon and friends Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31, died after they were struck by a car in the early hours of August 10, 2011. They had been trying to defend local businesses as a wave of rioting and looting swept the country.
Following the deaths, Mr Jahan issued a public appeal for calm – and was widely praised for reducing tensions and possibly preventing further violence.
But nobody has ever been convicted as a result of the deaths. In 2012, eight men were cleared of murder in a trial which was briefly halted because of problems with the police investigation.
And last year a report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission criticised elements of West Midlands Police’s inquiry into the deaths.
It ruled that one police officer had acted recklessly in offering immunity to witnesses at a public meeting. Ms Mahmood said a public inquiry was now the only way to ensure the truth came out.
“On the night these young men died it was Haroon’s father, Tariq, who stood up and appealed for calm,” she said. “It was Tariq who stopped further deaths. All he and the families want and deserve is justice. So far they have had none.
“The court case yielded not a single conviction; the IPCC report was an abject failure. And therefore in this case we need a public inquiry to look into this if we are to get justice. So far our requests to the Government have fallen on deaf ears.”
In a letter to Theresa May, the Home Secretary, she warned: “Three years after the brutal murder of his son, Mr Jahan has quite understandably lost faith in the justice system.
“His son was killed in plain view. Eight men were prosecuted but none were convicted in a trial which almost collapsed because of issues with the police investigation.”