December 19 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
The former parliamentary secretary of MP George Galloway and a Met officer appeared in court today charged with misconduct-related offences.
Detective Inspector Afiz Khan, 46, and Aisha Ali-Khan, 33, were given unconditional bail and will next appear at Southwark Crown Court on August 28.
Mrs Ali-Khan, of Keighley, West Yorkshire, who worked with the Respect MP for Bradford West, faces accusations of encouraging misconduct in a public office.
She is also accused of encouraging the obtaining of personal data without consent on or about August 24, 2012.
The Detective Inspector, known as Alfie, is based within the Metropolitan Police’s specialist operations unit, but is currently suspended.
He has been charged with two counts of misconduct in a public office and four counts of data protection offences between May and September last year.
The pair appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court this morning as a result of an investigation by the directorate of professional standards into a complaint from a member of the public, according to a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police.
He said the complaint centred around the actions of the officer.
One charge of data protection offences in relation to Mr Khan is connected to allegations made by the complainant.
The other charges are as a result of information that has been identified as part of the investigation, the spokesman added.