Family of murdered Imam Abdul Hadi Arwani helping detectives ‘solve this heinous crime’

Abdul Hadi Arwani- murdered in Wembley Tuesday 7th April. Police renew appeal for information. Image: Met Police

Abdul Hadi Arwani- murdered in Wembley Tuesday 7th April. Police renew appeal for information. Image: Met Police

The family of the murdered Syrian born Imam Abdul Hadi Arwani say they are helping the police ‘to solve this heinous crime’ as detectives renew their appeal for information into his shooting in Wembley on Tuesday.

Police officers will be in the area of the crime today seeking more information.

It’s emerged the 48 year old father of six, who was a critic of President, had visited the area of his killing last Sunday- two days before he received fatal gunshot wounds to the chest while sitting in his car.

Detectives from the Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) are leading the investigation ‘because of their expertise in the management of investigations with international dimensions and an established liaison network abroad.’

Those leading say they ‘remain open-minded about the motive.’

Sheikh Arwani’s 20 year old son Murhaf has said:

My father was actively involved in the fight against extremism, campaigning for peace and advocating the importance of democracy and freedom.

He loved the idea of freedom for all, regardless of religion, race and background.

He spoke up and out against the crime of terror and oppression wherever he found it.

He was an advocate of peace for all and he showed us this in the way he lived his life from day to day.

He’s asked the public to help the police investigation in whatever way they can:

The police are currently investigating this brutal murder. As an individual, a family and a community, we are helping the police to solve this heinous crime.

Any information we have has, and will be passed on to them and we urge anyone with any information to please please please do the same.

To members of the public that knew my late father and even those of you who didn’t know him, please tell us what you know.

We know that it won’t bring our father back to us but it may help to deliver justice to those who killed him.

The Met Police say on the morning of Tuesday, 7th April, Mr Arwani was found slumped at the wheel of his vehicle, a dark coloured VW Passat in Greenhill, Wembley.

Detectives have established that Mr Arwani had driven near to the scene around mid-morning on Sunday, 5th April 2015, and had been parked up in Havenwood where he had remained for a short while.

Officers are appealing to anyone who was in the area on Sunday 5th April or Tuesday 7th April to contact police.

They are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen Mr Arwani or his car.

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An inquest is to be opened and adjourned at Barnet Coroners Court in the coming days.

Mr Arwani’s son Murhaf was keen to ‘dispel some of the incorrect information that is appearing in various media outlets.’

He said:

So please note that my father was a British Citizen who loved the people of his country.

He was at one time the imam of the An Noor mosque in Acton until early 2011.

At that institution, he was the voice of reason and transparency; A peaceful man in a violent world.


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