Yassar’s friend guilty over gun con­spir­acy

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Moshin Amin - a friend of Yassar Yakub who was shot dead by an armed of­fi­cer dur­ing a po­lice stop on the M62 - has been con­victed at Leeds Crown Court of con­spir­acy to pos­sess firearms and am­mu­ni­tion

Amin told the court that when Mr Yaqub was shot the pair had just at­tended a meet­ing in Brad­ford with drug dealer Mo­hammed Nisar Khan, aka Meggy, in which he agreed to ‘hand over’ Mr Si­dat for a fee.

Amin, who has moved from Hud­der­s­field to an ad­dress in Manch­ester that was not read out in court, was re­manded into cus­tody.

But­lin, 39, of Hud­der­s­field Road in Holm­firth, was bailed.

The pair will be sen­tenced on the af­ter­noon of De­cem­ber 12.

Ara­paj, 28, of Thorn­lea Road in Crosland Moor, walked free from court with fam­ily and friends.

Speak­ing af­ter the trial, Mr Yaqub’s dad Mo­hammed de­nied his son was an armed drug dealer and gave al­ter­na­tive ex­pla­na­tions for the cir­cum­stan­tial ev­i­dence.

Mr Yaqub claimed Amin made up his de­fence state­ment and that his son was a drug dealer, adding: “If he had kept to the truth, per­haps to­day the re­sults might have been dif­fer­ent.”

But he did agree with Amin’s ver­sion of events that Mr Yaqub went to Brad­ford to speak to a man called Meggy about money Mr Si­dat owed him for a car and that Mr Yaqub was not armed and was on the phone to Mr Si­dat when he was shot by po­lice.

Mr Yaqub Se­nior de­nied that his son was afraid of Meggy, who was de­scribed by the pros­e­cu­tion as his ri­val, adding: “Yassar was a strong man, he doesn’t fear any­body.

“I don’t fear Meggy. Who is Meggy?”

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