PRESS RELEASE

KEIR STARMER QC DECIDES THAT TSG OFFICERS WILL FACE CHARGES OVER ASSAULT ON BABAR AHMAD

The Director of Public Prosecutions has decided that TSG officers PC Mark Jones, PC James-Bowen, PC Cowley and PC Donoghue will face a joint charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in relation to the December 2003 assault on Babar Ahmad.

Bhatt Murphy forwarded a file of papers to the CPS.  The decision has been reached independently of the Metropolitan Police and Independent Police Complaints Commission.Â

Babar Ahmad responded to the decision:

“I am pleased that the CPS has decided that a jury will hear the evidence in this case and it will now be for the jury to determine whether any police officer should be punished for the assault upon me in December 2003.  I have no further comment to make at this time.”

We would now invite the Commissioner to confirm that all 4 officers have been suspended from duty.

For further information, please contact:

Fiona Murphy, partner
Tel: 020 7729 1115 and 07931 545673
Email: f.murphy@bhattmurphy.co.uk


Note to Editor:
A copy of Ms Phillippa Kaufmann’s opening note which was read in open court on 16 March 2009 can be downloaded from:

http://www.bhattmurphy.co.uk/media/files/opening_note_B_Ahmad.pdf

Bhatt Murphy’s note of proceedings in open court on the afternoon of 16 March 2009 with passages pertaining to the similar allegations, missing evidence, unwilling witnesses and lost mail sacks highlighted in bold, can be downloaded from here:

http://www.bhattmurphy.co.uk/media/files/Solicitors_note_B_Ahmad.pdf

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