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Man describes 'execution-style shooting'.

A man has described the moment he saw his friend being executed on a Birmingham street by a sub-machine gun wielding killer.

Father of two Mohammed Aslam was shot 16 times as he stood chatting to friends near a kebab house, the City's Crown Court heard.

It is alleged his killer was tracked down four years later and that police discovered the deadly weapon he had used to dispatch the victim under his pillow.

Mohammed Rafiq (42) of Colindale Road, King standing, has denied murdering 22-year-old Mr Aslam, a father of two.

Samuel Bailey-Ewen (24) of the same address has pleaded not guilty to three charges of possessing a firearm, possessing an air powered revolver and possessing expanding ammunition.

Shazad Hussain said on April 14 2003 he had gone with someone to deliver a pizza before returning to the Aziz Pizza and Kebab House in the Lozells Road where he sat outside in a car. He said he had noticed Mr Aslam standing outside the shop at the bottom of some stairs talking to a couple of other people.

Mr Hussain said he assumed the gunman had come down the stairs and went on: "He (Mr Aslam) was shot in the back and I saw him try to turn and he was shot a couple more times and then he dropped to the floor."

He said the gunman then continued to shoot as he stood over the victim and that he heard someone shout "That's my brother."

Christopher Hotten QC, prosecuting, said the motive for the killing was not known and that the identity of the killer remained a mystery until Mr Rafiq was arrested for an unrelated matter in September 2006.

He said a DNA match was made between him and a baseball cap which had been found near the scene and police found an arsenal of weapons including the gun used to kill Mr Aslam at his home.

The case continues.
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Date:Apr 23, 2008
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