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Cops quizzed after death

Issue No. 2378

Bijan Ebrahimi was beaten, set on fire and murdered following rumours he was a paedophile.

Lee James beat Bijan Ebrahimi unconscious in July. Then, with the help of friend Stephen Norley, dragged Bijan into the street and set fire to him. 

Police referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) because officers had contact with Bijan in the days before his death. Police took him away for questioning. As the 44 year old was led from his council flat in Bristol a mob gathered and chanted, “Paedo, paedo”.

The IPCC served three constables who dealt with Bijan with gross misconduct notices. The force suspended them before the IPCC interviewed them under criminal cautions. An inspector, sergeant and constable who dealt with Bijan in custody were also served with notices of gross misconduct.

None have yet been suspended.

A family statement, said, “Bijan had been the victim of hate crimes for a number of years before his death, both due to his race and his physical disability.”

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Tue 5 Nov 2013, 18:26 GMT
Issue No. 2378
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