Zahid Mubarek

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Zahid Mubarek was a British Asian teenager who was brutally murdered by his cellmate on March 21, 2000, at the Feltham Young Offenders' Institution in southwest London. He was already inside Feltham when his killer, 20-year-old Robert Stewart - was transferred to his cell.

Family background

Mubarek's family trace their roots to Pakistan. His grandfather served in the Pakistan Army Corps of Engineers who in 1960, migrated with his family to East London.


Mubarek was a first-time prisoner and little different from other young men in a cycle of drug abuse and small-time criminality. The murder has resulted in wider questions being asked about the Prison Service's treatment of minorities - not least from those who see parallels with the handling of Stephen Lawrence's murder by the Metropolitan Police. The incident was the inspiration for the song 'Feltham Is Singing Out' by English indie rock band Hard-Fi, which appeared as an album track on their debut, Stars of CCTV.

Campaigners say that many key questions still remain unanswered:

  • Was the teenager's placement in that cell accidental, negligent, or worse still, deliberate?

  • Was the killing......
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