CPS Statement: Operation Pointer

19/07/2012

Harry Ireland, Chief Crown Prosecutor for West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: “When we looked at the case presented to us by the police against these men, we were satisfied that there was enough evidence to charge them murder.

"When considering whether a case should be prosecuted, the CPS applies the Code for Crown Prosecutors. The reviewing lawyer has first to decide whether there is enough admissible evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction. If the evidence satisfies the first test, then the lawyer has to consider the second test - the public interest test.

"The case against these individuals passed both these two tests and they were charged.

"The jury after having the opportunity of hearing both the prosecution and defence cases in full has reached verdicts of not guilty, which we respect.

"I would like to thank the witnesses who came forward to give evidence and thank them for their support for this prosecution.

"The community of Winson Green needs to follow Mr Jahan's lead in putting this episode behind them as much as they are able to and build a consensus to work and live together, and isolate those who are looking to cause any trouble. 

"Finally, our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Shazid, Haroon and Abdul in respect of their tragic loss."