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DISCIPLINARY CHARGES AGAINST TWO POLICE IN RAFIQ CASE

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Following a detailed investigation supervised by the independent Police Complaints Authority, the PCA has recommend...
Following a detailed investigation supervised by the independent Police Complaints Authority, the PCA has recommended that two Greater Manchester Police constables should face disciplinary charges.

They arise from an incident which resulted in Amer Rafiq suffering the loss of an eye.

Greater Manchester Police are now considering the disciplinary recommendations of authority member Molly Meacher.

The PCA recommends that two officers should face charges of neglect of duty in relation to the care of a prisoner in police custody.

In addition it is recommended that a custody sergeant be given `advice' by his Divisional Commander concerning the importance of telling the next of kin when a detained person has been taken to hospital while in police custody.

Further it is recommended that a police constable receive 'advice' from his Divisional Commander for kicking Mr Rafiq's car.

The PCA is satisfied that the evidence does not support an intentional assault on Mr Rafiq at any time during the incident.

Molly Meacher said: 'Serious allegations of assault against officers were later withdrawn. Such claims were also clearly refuted by wholly independent witnesses who made it clear that no assault had taken place. Specific allegations of kicking and punching by officers were not supported by the medical evidence.'

-- Amer Rafiq was arrested on 21 February 1996 between 2.30 and 3am, for an alleged public order offence. This was following Eid celebrations to mark the end of Ramadan. It was during the course of his transportation to Platt Lane police station, following arrest, that Mr Rafiq received an injury to his eye.

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