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Akhtar Javeed shooting: Murder accused pair appear in court

Akhtar Javeed Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Akhtar Javeed, 56, from east London, was shot dead on 3 February

Two men have appeared in court charged with killing a business owner during an armed raid at his warehouse.

Suraj Mistry, 26, and Lemar Wali, 18, are accused of murdering Akhtar Javeed in Digbeth, Birmingham on 3 February.

The pair also faced charges of attempted robbery and possession of a handgun when they appeared before magistrates in Birmingham.

Both men were remanded in custody to appear at the city's crown court on Wednesday.

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Mr Javeed, 56, from east London, was shot dead outside Direct Source 3 Ltd, in Digbeth, on the evening of 3 February.

Mr Mistry, of Laundon Way, Leicester, and Mr Wali, of Osmaston Park Road, Derby, were charged on Sunday, West Midlands Police said.

A 19-year-old woman who was arrested in Leicester on suspicion of assisting an offender has been released on bail pending further inquires, a statement from West Midlands Police said.

A 50-year-old man from Hodge Hill was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery, police said.

Det Ch Insp Martin Slevin said: "I continue to appeal to people to come forward, I firmly believe that someone out there may still have information that could help our investigation and I am urging them to call me or one of my team."

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