The two brothers seized in a police raid on their home in Forest Gate, east London, and released without charge last week, spoke out about their experiences on Tuesday.
Mohammed Abdul Kahar, who was shot in the chest during the raid, said that when police entered his house at 4am he believed a robbery was taking place. According to Mohammed and his brother, Abul Koyair, police failed to identify themselves to the family.
“I thought, one by one they’re going to kill us. I thought I was going to die,” said Mohammed. He added that one of the most hurtful things about the incident was when Tony Blair “said he was 101 percent behind the raid – that’s 101 percent behind the bullet that went through my chest”.
The brothers want to see those responsible for the raid punished. “First of all I want justice for me, my family, everyone. I have not even had an apology,” said Mohammed.
Respect MP George Galloway is supporting the brothers’ quest for justice. He told Socialist Worker, “I have tabled a motion in the House of Commons. It’s very simple – a single sentence. It reads, ‘This house has no confidence in Sir Ian Blair as commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.’
“The whole operation in Forest Gate was misconceived. Ten officers could have carried out this operation – there was no need for 250 machine gun toting, black clad police.
“There has been blunder after blunder. The people who could be used to foil attacks such as 7/7 are the very people who are being profoundly alienated. Ian Blair must go.
“But this will not be enough, because the number one criminal is also called Blair. Tony Blair has dragged us into wars that have made us one of the most hated countries in the world. We will never be safe until we withdraw from George Bush’s ‘coalition of the killing’.
“Until both Blairs are gone Britain will continue to be a dangerous place.”