The widow of a murdered Digbeth businessman made an emotional appeal to bring his suspected killer to justice and said: “If he had any humanity, he’d admit he did it.”
Father-of-four Akhtar Javeed, was shot dead as he bravely tried to protect his employees during a failed armed robbery at his company last February.
Three men have been convicted and sentenced for their part in the brutal killing.But Tahir Zarif, the man believed to have fired the fatal shot, has still has still not been caught. The suspected gunman, aged 25 and from Derby, fled to Pakistan a few days after the popular businessman was killed – and police believe he is still there.
West Midlands Police is now awaiting for the Home Office to approve an extradition bid.
Heartbroken wife Aisha, from West Ham in London, made a direct appeal to the Home Office to move quickly to help bring Zarif back to the UK to face trial.
Sitting next to her beloved daughter Lilas, she told the Birmingham Mail: “I would ask the Home Office to please bring Tahir Zarif back to the UK to face trial for the death of my husband – please help me.”
And speaking directly to the man believed to have killed her husband, she said: “He fired at him so many times. Didn’t he feel sorry for him?
“If he has a little bit of humanity inside him, he should come and say yes, I did that.”
Speaking about those involved in her husband’s brutal killing, she said: “They have taken everything away from me and from my family.
“When I was in court and I looked at their faces, I found that they had no remorse.
“They showed no signs that they had done something so terrible.
“They must have their mum, their father, their children. Didn’t they have any feelings?
“When people do something like this to get easy money, did they not think this man has come so far and that he was doing this for his children?
“We (me and my husband) had so many plans together. We planned to go to Spain together, to Saudi Arabia together. But they have finished everything.”
Company director Mr Javeed, 56, was shot and killed on February 3 last year after he bravely tried to fight off his attackers at his Direct Source 3 business in Digbeth.
Three men were later jailed for almost 40 years.
Suraj Misty, 26, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Mr Javeed and was sentenced to 23 years in prison. He was also sentenced to 20 years for conspiracy to commit robbery and eight years for possession of firearms to run concurrently.
Lamar Wali, 19, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery and sentenced to seven years in prison.
Sander van Aalten pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and was sentenced to six years and eight months.
The family was left devastated by the murder.
“Life can never be the same,” said Mrs Javeed, who was speaking to the Birmingham Mail at Scotland Yard’s HQ in London.
“It’s been 13 months and five days. I have been counting, every single day. Since this has happened, I have not slept for one night.
“I feel from inside me, how he felt when he was shot and how he had to suffer.
“I wanted to be there, for my husband and I wanted to hear every single word and I wanted to feel what he had to go through.
“I used to feel that he was with me
“I am still thinking, ‘why did these men do that?’
“My husband was very polite, very nice and he was ready to help anyone.
“Why is the world like this, where a person who is ready to help everyone has to go through something like that?
“He was a very caring man and he would care for everyone, whether he knew them or not.
“The main member of my family has gone.”
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Slevin has backed the family’s appeal, calling for the Home Office to give the final ‘sign off’ required for the location and extradition of Zarif.
He said: “We know that Tahir Zarif fled to Pakistan a few days after the murder and our information and intelligence so far is that he has not returned from Pakistan or gone to any other country. So we still believe he is in Pakistan.
“We have been working with the authorities, both here and overseas.
“We have worked closely with the Extradition Unit of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), to ensure that the evidence exits to support an extradition process.
“The CPS have gone through a thorough deposition process, where all of the witnesses in this case have been to court and given evidence before a district judge.
“And that district judge is comfortable that a case exists to bring Tahir Zarif back and that process has been signed off.
“However, the final authority must come from the Home Office and currently the papers are sitting with the Home Office, waiting to be signed and we would urge the relevant authority to give them the priority they deserve.
“We can then apply, through the Pakistan authorities for Tahir Zarif to be located and brought back to the UK.
“It’s frustrating because both the police and the CPS have done everything in their power, through the courts, to satisfy the legal process, that there is a case to answer.
“There may be very good reasons why there is a delay but we have now waited several months while these papers are being considered and we would urge them to give them the priority they deserve in order for this case to progress.”