I have deliberately waited a few days before posting this comment to see whether there are any protestations or utterances from other media commentators. Alas, but predictably, there have been none.
Four specialist police officers have been found not guilty of violently assaulting a British Muslim man during an early morning raid on his home. Babar Ahmad, 34, a terrorism suspect who remains in detention, had claimed he was punched, kicked and strangled by officers from one of the Met’s territorial support units during an arrest at his home in December 2003. But after only an hour’s deliberation a jury at Southwark crown court found Police Constables Mark Jones, Roderick James-Bowen and Nigel Cowley and detective constable John Donohue not guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Hang on a minute!!!!! Found not guilty of assault following his arrest in 2003. Can this be real? Has it taken SEVEN years to bring these officers to justice? Were these officers placed on restricted duties for that length of time? Surely not. I don’t know but something smells a little here. What has happened in those 7 years between arrest and court case? Well, there has been a civil court case where the Metropolitan Police paid Mr Ahmad £60,000 where the Met concluded that he had been the subject of a “a serious, gratuitous and prolonged” attack. Wonder where they got that evidence from!
In fact, this matter had already been subject to a CPS decision to not proceed with the allegation but was overturned following a review of the case by Sir Geoffrey Grigson, a retired judge. Did he know about the existence of a tape recording which showed that the officers were telling the truth? Is he now embarrassed by the fact that the allegations were so swiftly dismissed by the jury?
The reason being is that it appears there was a recording of the incident captured on a covert listening device probably installed by some secret squirrel squad. The information in the press is that the listening device did not match the description of the incident as given by Ahmad but did coincide with the description of the incident by the officers, that they acted professionally at all times with a man described as being as dangerous as Kamel Bourgass. He was the man who murdered Detective Constable Stephen Oake in Manchester.
Someone in authority must have known about the tape recording back in 2003. Just how far were these officers going to be hung out before the truth was revealed. A truth that was so bleedin’ obvious that it took 12 members of the public only 60 minutes (less the time it takes to walk to the jury room, elect a Chairman/woman, have a brew and then walk back to the court to deliver the verdict) to see through the pile of crap that the allegation was. Shouldn’t the allegation have been nipped in the bud at an early stage? The evidence was clearly there to do so.
Still Ahmad’s father, despite the existence of the tape recording of the incident wants some form of justice being meted out on the police. For what? The only person who appears to have not told the truth during this incident was not a police officer. Even then the Judge with his misplaced bias, at the end of the trial, shows no concern for the officers who have just been found not guilty of a fit-up but insists that the public at large would be concerned about the length of time it took to deport the suspected terrorist. Along with the Judge, I consider that a decision should have been made about this man a long time ago and there is even a website dedicated to this very decision. After all Ratko Mladic was extradited in a week. The public at large should also be concerned about the distinct lack of fairness and integrity in the investigation into these four officers.
Anything goes when you are dealing with the bigger picture, doesn’t it? Or maybe I am just cynical.