Doubts over police watchdog’s probe into ‘hate crime’ murder

Doubts have been raised over the ability of the police complaints watchdog to carry out a proper investigation into the circumstances surrounding the brutal murder of a disabled man.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has so far refused to say whether it is treating the murder of Bijan Ebrahimi last summer as a disability hate crime.

This week, it also declined to say – because of the ongoing investigation – whether it accepted that Ebrahimi was a disabled person, or even confirm that it understood why this could be an important factor. read more