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Passion Islam I September 2008 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 3
Muslim wrongly accused of being a
terrorist wins £14,000 compensation
A Muslim police worker who was “maliciously” reported to the
anti-terrorist squad by colleagues after the July 7 bombings has
been awarded almost £14,000 compensation.
Mohammed Hussain, 30, was investigated They both pursuaded their boss to managers and made “an inappropriate
by the Met’s specialist counter-terrorism report Mr Hussain to anti-terror police, reference to the killing of American
command after false accusations from co- who cleared him of any suspicions on two soldiers”.
workers that he was an Islamic extremist. occasions. After the award Mr Hussain, from
He told an employment tribunal that The tribunal in Watford ruled that Mr Aylesbury, said: “I’m very happy to have
he was made to feel “isolated and lonely” Hussain was discriminated against based won my case. It was disgusting, the way
when colleagues “conspired” against on his religion as a Muslim over some I was treated by the Met, not just by my
him, especially after the July 7 attacks on of the complaints against him and the colleagues but also by the managers
London. decision to investigate and suspend him. because they knew what was happening
Mr Hussain, a researcher in the It said that the Met’s conduct had but didn’t stop it. I was accused of being
Metropolitan Police’s forensic analysis been “oppressive and high-handed” a terrorist and I was made to feel like and
unit, said he was made to feel like “a and awarded Mr Hussain £13,758.55 outsider.”
pariah”. for injuries to feelings and aggravated The case comes after Britain’s
One colleague, intelligence worker damages. The payout is more than that most senior Asian officer, Assistant
Robert Matthews, claimed that Mr Hussain awarded to John and June Taylor, whose Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur, lodged
had said it was “okay to kill American daughter Carrie, 24, died in the July 7 a racial discrimination case against
soldiers” shortly after the London terrorist blasts. They received £11,000. his boss, Sir Ian Blair, last week. A Met
attack which killed 52 innocent people. A number of other claims were rejected Commander, Shabhir Hussain, lost his
Another worker, Dassash Alem, and the tribunal’s report said there had been race claim alleging that the Met had
alleged that Mr Hussain had boasted he “genuine concerns about the claimant’s promoted others above him four times
was a fan of Adolf Hitler who had told behaviour and performance” and “he was because of the colour of his skin.
colleagues “Hitler was brilliant. He should not entirely free from blame”.
have finished off the Jews”. It also found he had sworn at his
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