A police chief has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
Inspector Mohammed Razaq, 51, based in Bolton, has been suspended from duty and bailed pending further inquires.
It is understood he was arrested after a lengthy investigation by Greater Manchester Police’s Internal Investigation Unit.
The probe centres on alleged meetings between Inspector Razaq and a solicitor.
Another man – understood to be the solicitor – has also been arrested.
The IIU is a covert squad of detectives based in Salford which investigates other police officers.
In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: “Two men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. One of them, a 51-year-old man and a serving officer from Bolton, was also arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office.
“He and a 52-year-old man have been bailed pending further inquiries.
“Inquiries into the incident are ongoing.”
Inspector Razaq is in charge of Bolton West including Heaton, Lostock, and Westhoughton.
He has been based in the Bolton Division for several years.
As part of the investigation his home was searched by officers.
Inspector Razaq leads the Bolton West Neighbourhood Policing Team and has led crackdowns on anti social behaviour.
Hmm thats interesting. No real sense of what he did. “pervert the course of justice” sounds a little like the sharia law charge, ‘Spreading mischief upon the land’. A little too vague to be something used in a democratic state of any measure. I suppose, as England now does by habit, they are breaking genuine and real laws and violating important principles of liberal democracy in order not to appear to be doing so. Like for example, affirmative action. Genuine systemic racism in order to defeat the rumors that it exists in the hearts of the private sector.
A reader was kind enough to send the following related links in. It seems that high ranking, probably Muslim, police officers are disproportionatly getting into trouble for abuse of their positions. If this was found to be true, I would think its a logical consequence of giving people large authority in a system and culture for which they feel no ancestral connection and for which in many cases they do not have a great deal of respect. This can be given based, if on nothing else, on the nature of the crimes committed.
Here is an article from the Guardian the video from which, is below. At least I understand what he did. He used the power and authority of his office for his own personal reasons. Something which makes sense from anyone who would hold our values and institutions in contempt, or, at the very least, feel no personal connection to them whatsoever.
Thanks Bains for doing all the leg work on this.