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After three trials, three men accused of murder during a riot are finally cleared (2012)

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Waqar Ahmed, 29, Azhil Khan, 26, and Afzal Khan, 26, all from Handsworth, denied murdering Isaiah Young-Sam in Lozells in October 2005.

Three men accused of murdering a 23-year-old man during riots in Birmingham have been found not guilty.

Mr Young-Sam was stabbed and two men with him were also attacked, Birmingham Crown Court heard. The three defendants had also denied a charge of wounding with intent and were found not guilty on all charges. The three men were originally jailed for life, after a trial that ended in 2006. At the end of the case, the judge told them they would serve at least 25 years.

Their conviction was overturned two years later and a retrial ordered.The Court of Appeal quashed the convictions saying a secret recording of one of the men encouraging another man to confess was not disclosed to the defence. The judges said this meant the conviction of this man was unsafe and consequently those of the other two men.

In July last year, another retrial was ordered after a jury failed to reach a verdict.

During the riots of 2005, which involved youths from the black and Asian communities, several people were assaulted and shops were looted. Mr Young-Sam, an IT worker, was stabbed to death during the disturbances.

When the “not guilty” verdicts were read out, some of Mr Young-Sam’s family called out that it was “not fair” and police subsequently cleared the court.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said the investigation into Mr Young-Sam’s death was still ongoing. He said: “The investigation into Isaiah’s death has never closed. There are people outstanding that we still wish to speak to, and are actively seeking to bring to justice.”

(Retrieved from BBC News: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/8520369.stm)

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