Galloway: Met officer slept with my aide in "dirty tricks" operation
A Scotland Yard counter-terrorism officer slept with an aide to George Galloway without his knowledge at the politician’s London home, according to the Respect MP.
Galloway has accused the man of staying at his home and gaining access to his office as part of a “dirty tricks” campaign against him.
The Yard confirmed to Londonlovesbusiness.com that they have placed an officer in their specialist operations branch on restricted duties as they launch an internal inquiry into the allegations.
Galloway has since sacked the female aide, believing her to be an “agent” for the officer inside the Respect Party who was “passing on [damaging] gossip and lies…to the case officer”.
The MP’s sensational claims emerged in a Commons motion in which the MP alleges that Afiz Khan, a senior officer in counter-terrorism branch SO15, entered his house without his knowledge, slept there, and sent emails from the MP’s office.
Galloway alleges that the officer also tried to attack him through an alias on Facebook. He claims to have “incontrovertible evidence” of the officer’s alleged misconduct, including photographs, fingerprints and DNA evidence.
Although the MP insisted on his website that the officer would be referred to as “Mr K”, he named the officer in his Parliamentary motion.
George Galloway’s spokesman Ron McKay said that the officer was named in Galloway’s parliamentary motion under parliamentary privilege.
McKay suggested that the officer’s motivation for the alleged “dirty tricks” would be because “he was freelance and he was having an affair with a member of [Galloway’s] staff”.
However, McKay refused to say why the officer would have taken such an interest in Galloway, remarking - “you’d have to ask him”.
“A very senior officer in SO15 has been feeding disinformation aimed at damaging me to a national newspaper and to others, aided by a member of staff in Bradford who has now been suspended,” Galloway said.
‘This involved him using the Met email as well as creating at least two false email addresses to spread the deceit. I have incontrovertible evidence. He either did this a freelance or it was sanctioned by his superiors. I will be asking the Home Secretary… to act on this and also bringing it to the attention of the Speaker of the House of Commons.”
See below for the motion Galloway issued in the House of Commons, signed only by himself:
Motion 577: CONDUCT OF AFIZ KHAN, A SENIOR METROPOLITAN POLICE OFFICER IN THE COUNTER-TERRORISM BRANCH S015
That this House expresses its concern at the involvement of a very senior officer in the Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism branch SO15 in an apparent dirty tricks operation against the hon. Member for Bradford West; notes that the officer, entered the hon. Member’s London home without his knowledge or consent, the hon. Member never having met or heard of him, and he slept in the hon. Member’s home; further notes that [the officer] sent emails to an individual in the hon. Member’s office who acted as his agent; further notes he co-ordinated this operation from his police email account and from at least two other fake email accounts, duping, amongst others, the Guardian newspaper as to his true identity; further notes that he operated under an alias against the hon. Member on Facebook and elsewhere, all the while concealing that he was a senior serving police officer at Scotland Yard; and asks the Home Secretary to make an urgent statement to Parliament on these matters.
This comes months after the Respect MP claimed an intruder broke into his house and left gay porn and gin behind.