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Claims against Muslim PC ‘laughable’ February 16, 2007

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November 8, 2006

Friends of a Muslim firearms officer removed from a high-profile armed police protection squad described suspicions against him as “laughable” yesterday. PC Amjad Farooq was moved from the protection group, whose duties include guarding Downing St and the US embassy, after a background check.

It was alleged that two of his sons, aged nine and 11, attended a mosque associated with a cleric linked to a suspected terrorist group.

The Guardian has learned that the decision to sideline PC Farooq was also based on his travelling history: like many Britons, he has Pakistani heritage. Some of the intelligence that caused concern during his vetting procedure came from the domestic security service, MI5.

PC Farooq was also allegedly told that if he was posted to the US embassy his presence might upset the American secret service. The officer, 39, is taking the Metropolitan police to an employment tribunal, claiming he was the victim of racial and religious discrimination.

Officials at the Jamia Masjid mosque in Swindon, which PC Farooq and his family used to attend, came to his defence. Azim Khan, the joint secretary, said: “These allegations are ridiculous – to associate him with people like Abu Hamza is laughable.”

Mosque officials believe PC Farooq came under suspicion because of his association with a former cleric at the mosque. But another elder, Qazi Abdul Qayyum, said the cleric had no known links to radical groups and the mosque had not been investigated.

The Muslim Council of Britain criticised the police for accepting “smear and innuendo” in the place of hard evidence.

But the police defended the stance, saying: “The decisions the Met has taken in this particular case are entirely proportionate, defendable and justified.”

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