The serial criminal who was terrorising the whole town was a “perfect son”. So says the father. He clearly must be referring to Sharia, where criminality and aggression is encouraged. These people are so far removed from any moral compass, people should question whether they are suitable migrants to their country.
Mother of drugs kingpin ‘Stud Badboy’ who was shot dead by police breaks down as his coffin is carried into mosque – as inquest hears the ‘humble office clerk’ DID have a gun, bullets and a silencer in Audi footwell
- Yassar Yaqub’s family claim he was ‘assassinated’ by police in a planned ‘hit’ on the M62 on Monday night
- Father-of-two’s funeral has held at the Masjid Bilal mosque and burial at a Muslim cemetery in Huddersfield
- His father Mohammed says he was the ‘perfect son’ while his mother had to be held up during his funeral
- Inquest hears a gun was found in footwell after he was shot in chest by an officer ‘in the execution of his duty’
- Associates claim he was a feared drug dealer – Bradford Coroner’s Court heard he called himself office clerk
- Moshin Amin, 30, appears in court on firearms charge linked to gun and bullets found in motorway ‘hard stop’
Hundreds of mourners have today attended the funeral of an alleged drug dealer shot dead by police on a motorway sliproad.
Yassar Yaqub’s family claim he was ‘assassinated’ in a pre-planned ‘hit’ by West Yorkshire Police on the M62 outside Huddersfield on Monday evening.
The 28-year-old father-of-two’s funeral was held at the Masjid Bilal mosque and his mother Safia was visibly distraught and had to be physically supported by mourners as his body was taken to a cemetery for burial.
His death has sparked protests in West Yorkshire and his father Mohammed said he was the ‘perfect son’ and not a criminal – some friends wore hoodies with ‘Justice for Yassar’ printed on the front at the funeral.
Today an inquest into his death opened and heard he died from gunshot wounds to the chest and a handgun, bullets and a silencer was found in the footwell of his Audi by police.
But associates of Mr Yaqub claim he was a feared drug dealer who had links to gun violence – Bradford Coroner’s Court heard today he called himself an office clerk.
Bereft: Yassar’s grieving mother Safia (centre) had to be held up by loved-ones as she left the funeral with husband Mohammed (top left of picture)
Funeral: Family including Yassar’s father Mohammed (second right with hands in pockets) follow the 28-year-old’s coffin to its final resting place
Picturesque: The burial was held at the Castle Hill Cemetery in Huddersfield, where Yassar grew up and lived until he died
Packed: A huge crowd surrounded Yassar’s grave today as an inquest heard that he died from gunshot wounds to the chest
Laid to rest: Yassar Yaqub was buried in Huddersfield in a grave covered in roses and with flowers spelling ‘Yas’, ‘Son’ and ‘Dad’
Yassar Yaqub’s family claim he was ‘assassinated’ in a pre-planned ‘hit’ by West Yorkshire Police on the M62 outside Huddersfield on Monday evening – supporters wore special hoodies to the funeral.
Campaigners including the Justice 4 Yasser Yaqub group said his funeral and burial was open to all.
An inquest into Mr Yaqub’s death also started at Bradford Coroner’s Court today – it was opened and adjourned in a three-minute hearing.
Coroner Martin Fleming was told how Mr Yaqub was shot through the windscreen of an Audi car on a M62 sliproad.
The court was told a firearm was found in the front passenger footwell of the vehicle.
The inquest heard that the ‘hard stop’ of the Audi and a Volkswagen Sirocco happened at 6.10pm on Monday.
Mr Dalby said four unmarked police cars were involved in the incident with one – a Mercedes – cutting across the front of the Audi.
He said the two vehicles collided with each other.
He said: ‘During the incident an officer discharged a firearm in the execution of his duty with the shots going through the windscreen of the Audi.’
Mr Dalby said Mr Yaqub was pronounced dead at 6.47pm and was first identified from his fingerprints. He said a post-mortem examination showed he died from gunshot wounds to the chest.
The coroner asked to be kept up to date on the progress of the investigation by the IPCC and adjourned the inquest until March 31. No family members were in court.
Meanwhile 15 miles away a 30-year-old man appeared in court charged with firearms offences following the police operation in which he was killed.
Moshin Amin was arrested as part of the operation during which 28-year-old Mohammed Yassar Yaqub was shot by officers beside the M62 at Ainley Top, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, on Monday evening.
Amin, of Dewsbury, appeared before magistrates in Leeds charged with two counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of ammunition.
He appeared in the dock and spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth during the four-minute hearing.
Reading the details of the charges, the court clerk said Amin was charged with possessing a converted self-loading pistol, a sound moderator and 11 9mm rounds of ammunition without a firearms certificate.
District Judge Marie Mallon remanded Amin into custody to appear before Leeds Crown Court on February 3. No application for bail was made.
Two men, aged 37 and 26, who were also arrested on Monday evening, have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
Grieving family and friends carried the coffin of an alleged drug dealer shot dead by police to his funeral today
The 28-year-old father-of-two’s funeral is being held at the Masjid Bilal mosque in Huddersfield today
Yassar Yaqub’s mother Safia Yaqub is comforted as she leaves the Jamia Masjid Bilal mosque
Mohammed Yaqub (centre looking at camera), the father of Yassar Yaqub, is comforted at Masjid Bilal Huddersfield where prayers or his son were held
Mourners arrive with floral tributes at the funeral of Yassar Yaqub at the Masjid Bilal mosque in Huddersfield
Huge crowds followed the coffin and Yassar’s family into the mosque for his funeral
Hundreds came to pay their respects to Yassar, who died from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest
Mr Yaqub has compared the death of his son, left, to that of Mark Duggan, whose was shot dead by officers in London in 2011.
Yesterday the father of a self-styled ‘Stud Badboy’ and alleged drugs kingpin said today the police shot dead his son in a ‘pre-planned assassination’ planned because they ‘didn’t like him’.
Yassar Yaqub’s heartbroken mother Safia could not stop crying as her husband Mohammed insisted his son was ‘no risk’ to the public despite a gun being found in his car when he died.
The 28-year-old was shot three times through his Audi’s windscreen by police marksmen after they cornered a convoy of expensive cars in a ‘hard stop’ raid using unmarked vehicles on the M62 near Huddersfield.
Two friends hug outside the mosque before the short funeral this morning.
Today the Independent Police Complaints Commission revealed Yassar died from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest – and that the officers that fired were not wearing body cameras and there is no CCTV of the incident.
In their first TV interview since his death on Monday night Mr Yaqub said his son was a ‘kind-hearted young man’ and not a criminal, comparing the death of his son to that of Mark Duggan, whose shooting by officers in London in 2011 triggered riots around the country.
As his wife clung on to him for support he told Sky News: ‘This is how we have been since the minute we were told. The family more or less doesn’t exist any more.
‘We feel something very wrong has been done to Yassar and to our family. I do not believe he was a risk at all. The police didn’t like him, we know that. I believe he was a target and it was a pre-planned assassination’.
The couple had gone to junction 24 of the M62 after a friend called to say they believed their son had been shot.
He said: ‘I rang his phone but there was no answer. We went to the scene and but the road was blocked. We asked an officer but he said he couldn’t tell us anything but said we should wait 20 minutes. We kept waiting and after fiver hours we were told that our son had lost his life in a shooting incident with police’.
Last night Mr Yaqub said he would pay to privately prosecute the officer that shot him dead and his parents clutched balloons and sobbed last night as they joined more than 100 mourners on the M62 sliproad where he died during Monday’s rush hour.
The Black Lives Matter movement in Britain have also used Yaqub’s death to fundraise after suggesting his death was racially motivated.
His businessman father, who is believed to own 100 houses in Huddersfield, has pledged to fund a private prosecution to bring the shooter to justice and said: ‘If it were a fight you could understand it but [it was] just bang, finished – that’s what’s killing me. Looking at the photographs, someone just running up and shooting at him in the dark.
‘How can you justify it? It is just impossible. He was driving down, he was cornered. Bearing in mind it was dark, how could you have seen what he was doing? It is not right that the police weren’t wearing body cameras.
‘Of course I want answers for what has happened. I will go privately if I have to. In the end I need to find out. My lad didn’t deserve this — I thought this is something that happens in America but not here’.
Evidence: The silver Audi with bullet holes in its windscreen at the scene near junction J24 of the M62 in Huddersfield where a man died in a police shooting during a ‘pre-planned’ operation
Firearms officers in six unmarked vehicles hemmed in a Mercedes E Class, a Jaguar, a VW Scirocco and an Audi at junction 24 of the M62 before opening fire at 6pm on Monday night
Protection: Mr Yaqub’s £136,000 Huddersfield home is covered in surveillance cameras, with at least 10 sited around the property
M62 shooting victim Yassar Yaqub proudly poses with a £260,000 Lamborghini Aventador – he claimed to be a car dealer but others say his business was drugs.
An emotional Mr Yaqub added his voice to protests at his son’s shooting, and suggested there were similarities to how the official account of Duggan’s death changed.
‘I am well aware of what happened with Mark Duggan and because of what was revealed first, and what the outcome was of that, it has worried me a lot,’ he said.
‘Look how many protests they had to take to get answers. If it’s a peaceful protest there’s nothing wrong with that, as long as it’s peaceful’.
Mark Duggan, 29, was shot dead by armed Metropolitan Police in Tottenham, North London, in August 2011, sparking rioting across the capital and other English cities.
Speaking of the circumstances surrounding his own son’s death, Mr Yaqub insisted his son was ‘brilliant’ and ‘the best anyone could ever hope for’.
Asked about the gun being found in the car, Mohammed Yaqub said: ‘There were two people in the car that is all I know.’
In response to claims that the officer who shot his son should face court Met Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh said that it was wrong that an armed police officer doing ‘an honest day’s work’ should be ‘treated like a criminal’.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has confirmed none of the officers involved were using body-worn video cameras.
The watchdog said a ‘non-police issue’ firearm was found in the car and added that officials were continuing to establish the circumstances around the swoop.
IPCC commissioner Derrick Campbell said: ‘I would like to reassure the local and wider community that this will be a thorough and detailed independent investigation.
‘We will be carefully examining all the circumstances leading up to Mr Yaqub’s death, including the planning of the police operation, and the actions of the officers involved that evening.
‘I am, of course, aware there are many unanswered questions but I would urge patience at this time and that people allow our investigation to run its course.
‘If anyone witnessed events who has not yet come forward, we would be grateful to hear from them. We are making steady, positive progress, and are continuing to build a picture of what exactly happened’.