Friday, June 3, 2011

AHMAD: Policemen now face review....4 Officers against one civilian again !

Four policemen cleared of beating up a terror suspect must now wait to learn if they will face misconduct hearings.

A jury took just an hour to acquit the officers of assaulting Babar Ahmad during an early morning raid at his home in Tooting, south London, in December 2003.

Scotland Yard said it would carry out a misconduct review to consider whether it should bring any disciplinary proceedings.

Pc Roderick James-Bowen, 40, Pc Mark Jones, 43, Pc Nigel Cowley, 34, and Detective Constable John Donohue, 37, were found not guilty of attacking the suspect after a month-long trial at London's Southwark Crown Court.

Speaking outside court, their solicitor, Colin Reynolds, said they were looking forward to "getting on with their professional lives" and putting the "unfounded and unsubstantiated allegations" behind them.

Mr Ahmad, 37, was arrested in the early hours of December 2 2003 on suspicion of leading a group that provided support for al Qaida and other fundamentalist networks.

He claimed in court that he was beaten, sworn at and had his Islamic faith mocked in an assault that began at his home and continued in a police van and at a police station.

But the four officers from the Metropolitan Police's Territorial Support Group insisted that his injuries were either self-inflicted or caused legally when he was initially grappled to the ground.

In March 2009 Scotland Yard admitted that Mr Ahmad was subjected to violent assaults and religious abuse, and agreed to pay him £60,000 in damages, after he brought a personal injury case at the High Court.