Socialist Worker

Family of murdered Muslim man angry with police investigation

by Judith Orr
Issue No. 2355

Mohammed Saleem

Mohammed Saleem


The killing of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich received widespread media coverage. Not all killings are treated this way.

Mohammed Saleem, a 75 year old pensioner, was murdered in the street in Birmingham on 29 April.

Mohammed’s son, Shahid, told Socialist Worker, “My father was coming home from evening prayers as he did every day. 

“He was brutally attacked and stabbed from behind.

“When we raised with the police that this might be racist they went cold on us.

“We don’t know if it was racially motivated, but we can think of no other reason that anyone would want to kill my father.”

Shahid’s sister has complained to police watchdog the IPCC about the police handling of the case. “We are not happy with the investigation,” Shahid said. 

“A man was seen running after the murder. And a people carrier was seen trailing my father with two men in it.

“We just want justice.”

Shahid said there are “double standards” in how police treat victims. 

“If an Asian man was seen running after a white pensioner had been murdered, they would have kicked down the doors of everyone in the neighbourhood,” he said.

“After what happened in Woolwich, Muslims are going to be targeted even more. 

“But after my father’s murder, churches were not asked to condemn the killing.”

Shahid stressed that not everyone accepted racism.

“I have had support from people from all different backgrounds, white neighbours, school friends I haven’t seen for years,” he said. “It has been heartwarming.”


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