Officers face charges over attack on Babar


originally published by: BBC News
12th August 2010

Four policemen face prosecution over an alleged attack on a terror suspect in south-west London.Babar Ahmad, 36, an IT worker, alleged he was beaten and verbally abused when arrested in Tooting on 2 December 2003. Mr Ahmad, who was not charged following the raid, was awarded £60,000 damages last March by the Metropolitan Police.Pcs Nigel Cowley, 32, John Donohue, Roderick James-Bowen, 39, and Mark Jones, 43, are due before City of Westminster magistrates next month.

All four officers accused of the attack, in south west London, were members of the Metropolitan Police (Met) Territorial Support Group (TSG) at the time of the alleged assault. Three of the officers are still with the TSG. But Pc Donohue has since become a detective constable after transferring to the force’s special operations wing.

The officers have now been placed on restricted duties. A Met spokesman said: “The restrictions will be kept under review pending the conclusion of legal processes.”

A Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) spokesman said it had considered bringing charges against a fifth officer but decided not to because there was “insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect for conviction”.

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