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Cop who assaulted Babar Ahmad acquitted in assault case

by Simon Basketter
Issue No. 2177

PC Mark Jones was last week cleared of racially assaulting two teenagers.

But the jury was never told that Jones was part of a group of officers who attacked south London IT worker Babar Ahmad in December 2003.

Solicitors Bhatt Murphy describe Jones, a TSG riot squad officer, as the “principal perpetrator in the assault upon Babar Ahmad”.

Babar Ahmad was punched, kicked, stamped on and twice put in a life-threatening neck hold.

But the judge banned any mention of the attack from the recent trial—and the press was gagged from naming Jones.

That’s despite Metropolitan police commissioner Paul Stephenson admitting that the attack on Babar had been violent, sustained and unprovoked, and paying out £60,000 damages for “gross brutality”.

No officer has yet been prosecuted for the attack.

Meanwhile, Babar has been detained without charge or trial since August 2004, facing extradition to the US over “terrorism” allegations.

Read the full solicitors’ statement at »Policeman who assaulted Babar Ahmad acquitted of racially aggravated assault

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Tue 10 Nov 2009, 18:52 GMT
Issue No. 2177
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