Murder-probe detective charged over 'dishonesty'

Shazad Hussain who was murdered

Shazad Hussain who was murdered

First published in News Asian Image: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

A detective, involved in a Bradford gangland murder investigation, has been accused of offences of dishonesty linked to the case.

The 39-year-old detective constable and a second man, aged 36, have been charged with offences relating to the production of a false document.

They were due to appear in court today.

It is understood the allegations are linked to statements made during the investigation into the brutal murder of Bradford father-of-four Shazad Talib Hussain in 2004.

Restaurant worker Mr Hussain was gunned down as he sat in his car in a back alleyway off Amberley Street, Leeds Road, Bradford.

A prolonged investigation by West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team (HMET) ended with the conviction of three Thornbury men for murder. They were given minimum jail sentences totalling almost 90 years in 2007.

The accused officer was working on the inquiry for HMET at the time.

West Yorkshire Police confirmed last night that two men had been charged with offences relating to the production of a false document and would appear before Bradford magistrates today.

The spokesman said: “We can confirm that one of the men is a serving West Yorkshire Police officer and has been investigated by the force’s professional standards department.

“West Yorkshire Police take matters like these extremely seriously and the officer has been suspended from duty.”

Police confirmed the arrests and charges were in connection with the Amberley Street shooting inquiry. The trial judge, Mrs Justice Rafferty, said Mohammed Niaz Khan, Abid Ashiq Hussain and Sharaz Yaqub, who were convicted of murder, thought they were above the law, and Mr Hussain had died in a cynical and carefully-planned operation.

After the trial, Detective Superintendent Andy Brennan, who led the investigation, said there had been a lack of co-operation in the community at the outset of the case and said the inquiry had been one of the most difficult of his career.

Yaqub and another man, Daniel Jones, were found guilty at the trial of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, while Mohammed Ghaffar was convicted of perverting the course of justice.

Last year three men, including brothers of two of the murderers, were convicted of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice after making threats and promises of money to prosecution witnesses in the case.

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