Crime & the Law

Detectives still seeking breakthrough in murder of human rights lawyer campaigning against torture

Hassan Abdel Salam. The human rights lawyer Abdel Salam Hassan Abdel Salam who worked with torture victims. Murdered in Lewisham 5 yers agol.

The human rights lawyer Abdel Salam Hassan Abdel Salam who worked with torture victims. Murdered in Lewisham 5 years ago. Image: Met Police

Five years on from the murder of a man in Lewisham, detectives have launched a fresh appeal for help and information.

56 year old Abdel Salam Hassan Abdel Salam died in his home after being stabbed in the leg.

Extensive enquiries have been carried out over the last five years but investigating officers have received no new information to progress their investigation.

At about 7.10 am on Saturday 13th March 2010, a neighbour noticed the front door open at Abdel Salam’s address in Boone Street, SE13.

Just inside the door lay the body of the victim.

Police and the ambulance service attended but Abdel Salam was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as blood loss from a stab wound to the leg.

However, he had suffered a number of other stab wounds.

The Victim

Abdel Salam was a Sudanese national and well-known in the local area, using two sticks to walk.

He was a practicing human rights lawyer and at the time of his death was working at a charity called Redress, a human rights organisation that helps torture survivors.

Dr Lutz Oette, who was a friend and colleague said:

It’s been five years since Abdel Salam was murdered and his killer is still free. It is not too late to see justice done, and we very much hope that anyone with vital information will do the right thing and help the investigation.

Abdel Salam was last seen alive at home, by his social services carer, on the afternoon of Friday, 12th March.

Detectives have traced CCTV showing him withdrawing cash from a cash point in Lee High Road at about 5 pm that day, and have established that the last known contact was at around 9.15 at night when he spoke to a friend on the phone.

Detective Chief Inspector Graeme Gwyn, who is leading the investigation, said:

We last appealed for help to solve Abdel Salam’s murder three years ago. Unfortunately, no one came forward with new information and we really still need the help of members of the public to bring his killer to justice.

We have always believed the answer to this crime lies within the local community and someone out there has information that could greatly assist our inquiry.

Five years have passed since Abdel Salam’s murder and there are people who have kept quiet about what they know for too long. Now is their chance to help us, and help get justice for Abdel Salam, a man who worked so hard to gain justice for others.

We continue to keep an open mind about why Abdel Salam was murdered in his own home. Please contact us with any information, no matter how small.

Anyone who can help is asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4805; if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Four men aged 28, 29, 46 and 36 were arrested on dates in 2010.

All were subsequently released with no further action. There have been no further arrests.

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