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UK: Muslim arrested by police for giving a false name, sues police for ‘racism’


Muslim student sues police ‘after being arrested because I was an Asian with a beard’

Tristan Kirk
ES, 13 hours ago

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The man claims he was targeted as he watched the men’s marathon in 2012 Michael Steele/Getty Images

A Muslim businessman is suing City of London Police over claims he was arrested at the 2012 Olympics because he was an Asian man with a beard.

Akmal Afzal feels he was deliberately targeted by officers because of his race as he watched the men’s marathon.

He was quizzed about why he was there, accused of giving a false name, arrested and taken to a police station.

Mr Afzal, 23, said he had to undergo a “foreign national check” and an intelligence report was created on him for Special Branch. He was released without charge but is suing for false imprisonment, assault and discrimination.

The force insists he was arrested on suspicion of theft. Mr Afzal, a Briton of Pakistani descent and at the time a bearded student at Bromley College, claims there was no reason to single him out other than his appearance.

His barrister Rajeev Thacker told a jury: “His position is he did nothing wrong and he says the reason he was treated in the way he was relates to his ethnic origin and/or his religion.”

Mr Afzal, who runs a media development firm, said: “I believed the police felt I may have been involved in terrorist activities. I feel I was picked out based on my skin colour.”

The Central London county court hearing continues.

5 thoughts on “UK: Muslim arrested by police for giving a false name, sues police for ‘racism’

  1. Suck it up buttercup so they thought you were someone else that’s their job folks
    We should all be happy that they did their jobs including the idiot that wants to sue
    Time to stop sueing for every little thing and the courts should fine anyone who tries to
    sue for nothing and wastes their time

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  2. OK lets look at some FACTS.

    We were under a terrorist threat at a very high profile world wide event.

    – The threat was a risk of an islamic jihadi attack.

    – The culprits due to their BELIEFS have certain LOOK.

    – They are primarily ASIAN, (though islam covers all races).

    – They wear islamic beards in emulation of muhammed.

    IN SHORT THEY (USUALLY) HAVE A DISTINCT LOOK.

    – They saw a LONE male matching the profile, (Oh Dear, naughty point number one, we are not allowed to use intelligence or profiling as it is racist).

    – On questioning HE PROVIDED FALSE DETAILS (this is an offence under law).

    – The police were UNABLE to determine his identity, (this is arrestable, so that the police can determine his true identity).

    – He had to undergo a “foreign national check”, (well yes, having provided false details they acted appropriately, given the situation).

    – An intelligence report was created on him for Special Branch, (again, given the situation it was appropriate, it was INTELLIGENCE and NOT an ACCUSATION).

    – He was released without charge but is suing for false imprisonment, assault and discrimination. (None of this would have happened he had cooperated with the police, he CAUSED this whole process by UNLAWFULLY SUPPLYING FALSE DETAILS. I would argue that the police should be looking into placing charges AGAINST HIM, for DELIBERATELY AND KNOWINGLY PROVIDING FALSE DETAILS, OBSTRUCTING AN INVESTIGATION AND WASTING POLICE TIME).

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