Appeal on second anniversary of Dr Imran Farooq murder
19 September 2012
Metopolitan Police Service (MPS) Counter Terrorism Command detectives investigating the murder of Dr Imran Farooq believe that he was building his independent political profile in the months before he was killed.
They believe Dr Farooq may have been poised to renew his political career and they want to speak to anyone who was in contact with Dr Farooq over his political ambitions.
Police know that in July 2010, Dr Farooq set up a Facebook profile and amassed a large number of contacts through this social network.
On the second anniversary of his murder they have again appealed for people to come forward with information. A reward of up to £20,000 has been offered for anyone providing information leading to the identification, arrest, and prosecution of those responsible for Dr Farooq's murder.
Dr Farooq was on his way home from work when he was attacked outside his home in Green Lane, Edgware shortly before 17:30hrs on Thursday, 16 September 2010.
A post-mortem gave his cause of death as multiple stab wounds and blunt trauma to the head.
A five and a half inch-bladed kitchen knife and a house brick used in the attack were recovered at the scene.
Detectives from the MPS Counter Terrorism Command remain committed to finding those responsible.
They believe his murder would have required careful planning and would have required help from other people, some of whom may have provided assistance or information unwittingly.
They want to speak to anyone who was asked for information about Dr Farooq and his routine, or who was asked to help buy items such as knives similar to those used in the murder, or mobile phones around the time of the attack.
Police would also like to speak to anyone who may have been asked to drive people around the Green Lane area in the days before the murder, or who may have witnessed the suspects leaving the scene.
Anyone who can assist should call the police incident room on +44 (0)20 8721 3784 or contact the police by email at SO15Mailbox-.DrFarooqMurder@met.police.uk (This is the correct email address).
officers understand that people may have concerns in speaking to the police and would like to offer reassurance that information will be dealt with sensitively.
If you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers, a charity which is independent of the police, on 0800 555 111 within the UK. Alternatively use the Crimestoppers untraceable online form to pass on information at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
This appeal is also available in Urdu.