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Tariq Jahan, Riots Father Who Called For Calm, On Trial For Road Rage Violence

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Tariq Jahan made an emotional appeal for peace just hours after the death of his 21-year-old son in Birmingham in August
Tariq Jahan made an emotional appeal for peace just hours after the death of his 21-year-old son in Birmingham in August

A bereaved father who called for calm at the height of last summer's riots is to go on trial on Monday accused of causing grievous bodily harm during an alleged road rage incident.

Tariq Jahan made an emotional appeal for peace just hours after the death of his 21-year-old son in Birmingham in August.

During a brief hearing at the city's crown court in January he pleaded not guilty to one count of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and an alternative charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

The charges relate to an alleged incident in Handsworth, Birmingham, on July 6 last year.

Haroon Jahan and brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31, were struck by a car in the early hours of August 10 during disorder in the Winson Green area of Birmingham.

They were pronounced dead in hospital and hailed as heroes who died protecting homes and shops from looters.

Jahan later made a heartfelt plea to crowds of youths gathered outside his home to end the disorder and "go home".

His personal call for calm was credited with helping to bring an end to the riots.

He subsequently received a Pride of Britain special recognition award for his compassion and dignity in the aftermath of his son's death.

Jahan, of Winson Street, Winson Green, was bailed to appear at Birmingham Crown Court for trial today.

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