Thursday, August 28, 2008

Top Muslim cop of UK decries ‘discrimination’

Top Muslim cop of UK decries ‘discrimination’
Dawn, August 29, 2008

LONDON, Aug 28: Britain’s most senior Muslim policeman launched a stinging attack on Thursday on the controversial head of London’s police, against whom he has launched a discrimination claim.

Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur said it was with “deep regret” that he was taking Sir Ian Blair of the Metropolitan Police to an employment tribunal and denied the move was linked to unhappiness at not being promoted.

“My current case is essentially to do with my treatment at the highest levels of the Met, in particular the discrimination I have been subjected to over a long period by the present Commissioner Sir Ian Blair,” Ghaffur said.

He added it also covered treatment he had faced in his current role as security coordinator for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Sitting alongside his client at a news conference in London, Ghaffur’s lawyer Shahrokh Mireskandari suggested that his case might not be an isolated one.

Asked whether he thought Blair or the Metropolitan Police was racist, Mireskandari told reporters: “When there’s so (many) discrimination cases coming out by ethnic minorities, that speaks for itself...’’—AFP

Also See:
Biography of Tarique Ghaffur - UK Metropolitan Police website
Race row police told to 'shut up' - BBC

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