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Akhtar Javeed shooting: Two deny murder over Birmingham warehouse death

Akhtar Javeed Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Akhtar Javeed was found outside his warehouse in Digbeth after what police have described as an attempted robbery

Two men have appeared in court accused of murdering a businessman outside a warehouse in Birmingham.

Suraj Mistry, 26, and 18-year-old Lemar Wali pleaded not guilty via video-link at Birmingham Crown Court to shooting dead company director Ahktar Javeed.

Both men also deny conspiracy to rob and possession of a handgun with intent to cause fear or violence.

Mr Javeed was shot dead in Rea Street South in Digbeth in February in what police claim was an attempted robbery.

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Mr Mistry, a businessman of Laundon Way in Leicester, and Mr Wali, a student from Osmanton Park Road in Derby, spoke only to confirm their names and enter pleas. They were remanded in custody.

Asif Aurangzaib, 25, from Leacroft Road in Derby, also appeared and pleaded not guilty plea to a charge of conspiracy to rob. His conditional bail was extended.

A trial date has been set to start on 8 August.

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