Brit Muslim officer’’s suspension sinks race ties at Scotland Yard to a new low

September 20th, 2008 - 1:58 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Sept.20 (ANI): The suspension of a senior British Muslim police commander on charges that he fabricated evidence in a case connected him, has resulted in race ties at Scotland Yard sinking to a new low.
Leaders of ethnic minority officers at Scotland Yard have announced that they are cutting all links with senior managers, following the suspension of Commander Ali Dizaei, who is also the president of the National Black Police Association (NBPA).
The Metropolitan Police branch of the NBPA said it had lost all confidence in the leadership of Britain’’s largest force and described the decision to suspend Commander Ali Dizaei from duty as the culmination of a “sustained witch-hunt”.
According to The Independent, Dizaei, who is the head of the NBPA, is facing three separate investigations into allegations about his conduct, including a claim that he fabricated evidence when he arrested a man outside a restaurant in west London.
Sources close to the Iranian-born officer said he strongly denied any wrongdoing and expected to be vindicated.
The move to suspend Commander Dizaei on Thursday was the latest development in the bitter race row engulfing the Yard and Sir Ian Blair, the Commissioner of the Met.
Dizaei is a confidant of Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur, the number three at the Yard, who has accused Sir Ian of racial discrimination and was placed on leave this month.
Alfred John, the chairman of the Met branch of the NBPA, said he was “appalled” at the suspension of Dizaei, adding that meetings would now only be held with Sir Ian and senior Yard figures if they concerned the reinstatement of Dizaei. (ANI)

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