George Galloway's ex-aide and Met police officer arrested
Respect MP George Galloway’s former aide, Aisha Ali-Khan and Metropolitan police officer Afiz Khan have been arrested on suspicion of data protection offences.
Ali-Khan was suspended by Galloway in October after the MP accused her publicly of being a Metropolitan police “agent” running an undercover operation from his home. Galloway went on to demand an investigation from home secretary Theresa May into a “diry tricks campaign” orchestrated by Khan. The pair’s arrests are unrelated to these allegations, which remain subject to investigation.
Khan is suspected of abusing his position as a Met police officer and misuing police databases, and was put on restricted duties since October.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said:
“A detective inspector from specialist operations was arrested this morning at his home address in Watford. He has been arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and data protection offences. A woman has been arrested [not a Met police service employee] in connection with the DPS [Directorate of Professional Standards] investigation at her home address in Bradford. She has been arrested on suspicion of data protection offences. The arrests come as a result of an investigation by the DPS into a complaint from a member of the public with regard to the actions of an officer based within specialist operations.
“At this time the arrests are not related to allegations made by the complainant but as a result of information that has been identified as part of the ongoing investigation. A further referral will be made to the IPCC [Independent Police Complaints Commission] in relation to the matter for which the arrests have been made.”
Police is investigating how Galloway got hold of private email correspondence between the pair, which he showed to journalists as “incontrovertible evidence” that there was a plot against him, with Ali-Khan claiming her Hotmail address was hacked on Galloway’s approval - a charge denied by the Respect MP.
Ali-Khan told the Guardian that Khan was actually her husband, supplying a Muslim nikah marriage certificate to prove the two wed in 2009. She also claimed the emails showed a husband counselling his wife in how to cope with bullying and misogyny in the Respect Party’s Bradford Office.
Both Khan and Ali-Khan have been bailed pending further inquiries in March 2013.
Galloway said: “I understand inquiries are still ongoing so for that reason I cannot comment.”
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