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Reaction to raid brothers' claims
After two brothers from east London - released without charge following a police anti-terror raid - spoke for the first time of their ordeal, public and community figures have given their reaction.

Abdul Kahar, 23, was shot in the chest and arrested alongside his 20-year-old brother Abul Koyair. Both were held by police for more than a week.

SHAMI CHAKRABARTI, DIRECTOR OF CAMPAIGN GROUP LIBERTY

If there is credible intelligence, few of us would say that the police shouldn't act on it.

I'm a little concerned, just as an instinct, having just heard that statement from someone who's clearly still traumatised, at how long it was before he realised that this wasn't an armed robbery.

We accept this in a democracy, that sometimes the police have to raid homes and sometimes the people concerned will be innocent.

And we also have to be concerned about the shot and why that was necessary.

TONY BLAIR'S OFFICIAL SPOKESMAN

The prime minister's view hasn't changed at all. If the police and the security agencies had failed to act on the intelligence they received, then people would quite rightly have been critical.

There are always difficult judgments to be made in cases like this...against the backdrop of what continues to be a very real threat to this city [London] and to this country.

The bottom line in all of this is a recognition that intelligence is not an art form where you can be 100% right all the time.

But what you have to do is act on credible intelligence and then support those who take the decisions

DAVID DAVIS, SHADOW HOME SECRETARY

Of course the remit of the IPCC [Independent Police Complaints Commission] should be extended, I have already discussed this with [Nick Hardwick] the head of the IPCC.

NICK CLEGG, LIBERAL DEMOCRAT HOME AFFAIRS SPOKESMAN

Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Nick Clegg
The allegations were serious, said Lib Dem Nick Clegg

In the light of these extremely serious allegations, the IPCC [Independent Police Complaints Commission] needs to broaden the remit of its investigation into the Forest Gate raid.

"The allegations of misconduct need a full, impartial investigation so that confidence in our police and security services can be restored, especially among minority communities.

DR ZULFIQAR ALI, ALLIANCE OF MUSLIM ASSOCIATIONS IN NEWHAM

We feel that people need to obviously understand that the police have a job to do but there is accountability. And I think this issue is serious one.

Perhaps there ought to be some sort of public inquiry, independent inquiry into what has gone wrong - what were the basis of the intelligence, the integrity of intelligence.

And also, you know, the shooting of this innocent man, you know, how come this has happened when he was unarmed?

There was nothing happening in the house in that respect but he was still shot.

AZAD ALI, CHAIRMAN OF THE MUSLIM SAFETY FORUM

They have been devastated as a family by a very traumatic experience at the hands of the police.

It's absolutely right that they seek justice and recompense for the trauma they have been put through.

The bare minimum is that there has to be an apology to the brothers and their family for this and a speedy conclusion of the IPCC investigation.

There also has to be some plan by police in future for how they corroborate the intelligence they receive and decide on the right tactics they deploy.

They must also consider how they take the community on board and how they reassure them that the investigations they do take are carried out with the best information

ROB BECKLEY, ASSOCIATION OF CHIEF POLICE OFFICERS

We've committed ourselves to trying to share our sensitive information better but there are always limits to that. And that's the dilemma we do face.

It's a dilemma our partners in the security services, and others, face. And we are trying to find routes through that.

What this incident will do is re-double our efforts to improve our work in that area.



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