It’s been announced that Tarique Ghaffur has withdrawn his complaint that outgoing Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair and Deputy Assistant Commissioner Richard Bryan racially discriminated against him.
In September Sir Ian announced that he had “temporarily relieved” Ghaffur, an Assistant Commissioner in the force, of his responsibilities following “consideration of the manner and impact of his recent press conference and media statements by him, or the advisors and organisations supporting him”
That move was questioned by some members of the Metropolitan Police Authority.
A statement jointly issued today by Ghaffur, Blair, the Metropolitan Police Service and the Metropolitan Police Authority says “terms have been agreed bringing this litigation to an end.”
The MPA has paid an undisclosed sum of money “in settlement of AC Ghaffur’s claims, including contractual obligations, and a contribution to his legal costs”
Today’s statement states:
“AC Ghaffur has withdrawn the proceedings and his claims that Sir Ian Blair and DAC Bryan acted in a racist or other discriminatory way towards him.”
“The MPA and the Commissioner wish to acknowledge the important service of AC Ghaffur in the Metropolitan Police and his significant contribution to operational policing nationally during his 34-year career. They recognise the hurt which he has felt over the past 18 months.”
It has also been announced that Mr Ghaffur will retire from the MPS on 27th November 2008.