Sunday, May 13, 2012

A matter of trust

No-one likes false accusations in pretty much the same way no one likes a liar* However a corollary to that maxim is also that mud sticks...
MI5 warned Scotland Yard that policemen in its ranks were suspected of attending terrorist training camps, it can be disclosed.
The policemen lost their jobs when their security clearance was revoked by senior officers after checks were carried out because of fears of “sleepers” in the ranks.
The Sunday Telegraph can also disclose today the identity of one of the policemen suspected of being at a terror camp in 2001.
Abdul Rahman had been a constable for almost three years when MI5 warned that he might have visited a training camp in Pakistan when he travelled there.
He resigned rather than be dismissed from the force and is now suing Scotland Yard for compensation. He says he is entirely innocent and has never been to a terrorist training camp.
His lawyers say he has never been questioned, arrested or charged under terrorism legislation.
It may well be that Mr Rahman is innocent, but this isn't really an area where you can err too carefully on the side of caution. No he wasn't questioned, but that might have been simply because they were watching to see what he did, there might well be other correlating factors involved, seems more than likely, simply going on a family holiday in Bangladesh is not usually grounds for constructive dismissal. Who you met and what you did however might well be, particularly when compared to those whom you were mixing with off duty as well. Certainly the selection of a security-vetted judge suggests that there is far more to this story than either side are letting on.
Yet in the end it boils down to this, trust. There is a growing awareness of corruption in various forces involving Muslims, just look at the Ali Dizaei case where the guy apparently used his race and his religion to rise further in the ranks than his talents would warrant and ended up abusing said rank to silence witnesses. Whislt there is a suspicion of corruption and deceit then it should be apparent to those members of the police force who are Muslims that keeping your nose clean and setting an example of honesty and probity is a must to allay the fears of member of the public such as my good self. It only takes one rotten apple etc.

*Excepting politicians views on politicians.

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Anonymous said...

This situation is by no means new, there is a precedent for it.

I recall reading in the press,quite a few years ago,about two off-duty Scottish police officers (Glasgow if memory serves) who were investigated over allegations about them singing Irish "Rebel" songs in a folk club,both were subsequently dismissed.

Unlike Mr Rahman who was permitted to resign.

Anonymous said...

I also recall a muslim police officer refusing to do his duty in front of the Israeli Embassy. With no sanction for this dereliction of duty