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Investigation Into Birmingham Businessman's Death
Two men have been charged with his murder
UPDATE FEBRUARY 17TH:
Two men accused of killing a businessman in an attempted robbery in Birmingham are due in court this morning
18-year-old Lemar Wali and 26-year-old Suraj Mistry are both charged with the murder of Akhtar Javeed and having a gun.
The father of 4 was shot in the neck outside his Digbeth warehouse earlier this month.
UPDATE FEBRUARY 16TH:
Meanwhile, officers have been granted a further 36 hours to question a 50-year-old man from Birmingham who was detained on Sunday night on suspicion of conspiracy to rob.
Mr Javeed, a 56-year-old father-of-four, died in hospital after being shot in the neck at his drinks distribution warehouse in Rea Street South, Birmingham, on Wednesday February 3.
Suraj Mistry, 26 of Laundon Way, Leicester, and 18-year-old student Lemar Wali, of Osmaston Park Road, Derby, appeared before magistrates on Monday charged with Mr Javeed's murder.
Relatives of Mr Javeed, who lived in east London, paid tribute to him last week, describing him as a "humble and simple" father and grandfather who worked tirelessly to provide for his family.
UPDATE: FEBRUARY 14th:
Detectives investigating the death of Akhtar Javeed continue to question two men on suspicion of his murder.
Mr Javeed, 56, was shot dead as masked men attempted to rob Direct Source 3 Ltd in Rea Street South on Wednesday 3 February.
An 18-year-old man remains in custody and an application for further time to question a 26-year-old man arrested in Leicester on suspicion of murder has been granted today (14 February).
A 19-year-old woman arrested from Leicester on suspicion of assisting an offender has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Slevin, who is leading on the investigation, said: “I continue to appeal to people to come forward, I firmly believe that someone out there may still have information that could help our investigation and I am urging them to call me or one of my team."
Mr Javeed’s family continue to be supported by specialist officers.
Anyone with information which may help Det Chief Insp Martin Slevin and his team of detectives should call West Midlands Police on 101.
UPDATE: FEBRUARY 13TH
Police say they have made further arrests in connection with the death of a Birmingham businessman.
56 year-old Akhtar Javeed died after being shot in the neck during a suspected armed robbery on Rea Street South last Wednesday (3rd).
Last night, officers arrested a 26 year-old man on suspicion of murder in connection with the Digbeth man's death.
A woman - aged 19 - was also arrested as the same address on suspicion of assisting an offender.
West Midlands Police say they will apply for more time to question an 18 year-old man arrested in Derby earlier this week in connection with Mr. Javeed's death.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Slevin, who is leading on the investigation, said:
“This is a fast paced investigation and further arrests have been made as we continue to investigate Mr Javeed's murder.
"I continue to appeal to people to come forward, I firmly believe that someone out there may still have information that could help our investigation and I am urging them to call me or one of my team."
Heart's been told that the Digbeth businessman was shot dead last week after he refused to hand money over to armed robbers.
56 year-old Akhtar Javeed was killed on Wednesday night at his business on Rea Street South after two armed robbers entered the unit, tied up 5 members of staff and demanded he hand over money.
Police say the men shot Mr. Javeed after he refused their demands.
DSI Mark Payne from West Midlands Police says it's clear the offenders didn't plan on this as they fled the scene shortly afterwards.
The force has also released some CCTV which they hope will bring forward key witnesses. This one features the car which the force believes the suspects fled the scene in.
Mr. Javeed's daughter Lilis Javeed told Heart the family wants justice.
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