Family demands to know why Habib Ullah died in custody

20Jan09

Habib UllahHabib “Paps” Ullah was arrested during a stop-and-search in a car park in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, on 3 July last year. He then collapsed with what the police described as “breathing problems” and was taken to hospital – where he was pronounced dead.

Habib’s family and friends set up the Justice For Paps Campaign to demand answers. They have held angry demonstrations and hold regular candlelit vigils outside High Wycombe police station.

Habib Ullah was just 39 when he died. He left behind a wife and three children. The family live in Slough, but Habib grew up in High Wycombe. He was a well-known and respected member of the Muslim community there, working as a factory hand at the local paper mill.

“The whole family is devastated,” Nasir Ullah, Habib’s brother, told the crowd at a vigil late last year. “We will be campaigning and keeping the protests going until we see justice.”

Zia Ullah, Habib’s cousin, said, “What we’ve tried to do is keep this in the context of a national problem.

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