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IPCC completes investigation into police treatment of Bijan Ebrahimi in days prior to his death

The IPCC investigation into how Avon and Somerset police officers and staff treated Bijan Ebrahimi in the days leading up to his murder on 14 July 2013 is complete. A report has been finalised, and a file of evidence relating to a call handler and a dispatch supervisor was sent to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) yesterday (Monday 6 October).

The CPS will decide whether criminal charges should follow. The CPS was provided with an earlier file of evidence relating to three police constables and a police community support officer in July this year. 

IPCC Commissioner Jan Williams said:

“As part of this inquiry, our investigators criminally interviewed six Avon and Somerset police officers and staff and I decided that files for all these individuals should go to the Crown Prosecution Service to determine whether they should face criminal charges.

“In total, 18 police officers and staff members, who had some involvement in the force’s dealings with Mr Ebrahimi in the days leading up to his brutal murder, have been investigated. I have provided the acting Chief Constable with a report detailing our findings as to whether or not those individuals have a case to answer for either misconduct or gross misconduct and should face disciplinary proceedings. Until the conclusion of potential criminal matters, it would not be appropriate to release further detail.”   

IPCC is also looking at historic police contact with Mr Ebrahimi dating back six years prior to his death. This part of the investigation is continuing, and Mr Ebrahimi’s family are regularly updated on progress.

The 18 staff investigated comprise:

  • five police constables
  • three police sergeants
  • two inspectors
  • one police community support officer
  • five call handlers
  • two control room dispatch staff
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