Claiming damages, the Muslim policeman removed from Blair guard duty

A Muslim policeman removed from his job guarding the Prime Minister on “national security grounds” yesterday launched a claim for compensation.

Firearms officer Amjad Farooq, 40, was transferred from the elite Diplomatic Protection Group on the advice of MI5, after it had carried out vetting checks on him.

Now, in what is believed to be a first for employment tribunals, the hearing into his claim that he suffered racial and religious discrimination is being held behind closed doors on the grounds of national security.

The case centres on concerns over a mosque that PC Farooq and his family attended in Swindon.

Daily Mail, 2 May 2008

See also “Muslim PC barred from own tribunal” in the Swindon Advertiser, 2 May 2008