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Top Asian officer settles claim

Tarique Ghaffur
Tarique Ghaffur has been a police officer for 34 years

Britain's most senior Asian police officer has settled a planned legal action against the Metropolitan Police, Scotland Yard has confirmed.

Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur had reportedly complained of being undermined by Scotland Yard colleagues.

He has withdrawn claims that Met Commissioner Sir Ian Blair acted in a racist or other discriminatory way towards him.

The Met was not prepared to say how much had been paid to Mr Ghaffur.

The senior officer has signed a gagging clause and will step down from his role at the Metropolitan Police on Thursday.

'Recognise the hurt'

A statement confirming the settlement was issued on Tuesday on behalf of Mr Ghaffur, Sir Ian Blair, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Richard Bryan, the Met Police and the Met Police Authority (MPA).

It read: "The MPA has paid a sum of money in settlement of Assistant Commissioner Ghaffur's claims including contractual obligations and a contribution to his legal costs.

"Assistant Commissioner Ghaffur has withdrawn the proceedings and his claims that Sir Ian Blair and Deputy Assistant Commissioner Bryan acted in a racist or other discriminatory way towards him.

"The MPA and the commissioner wish to acknowledge the important service of Assistant Commissioner Ghaffur in the Met and his significant contribution to operational policing nationally during his 34-year career.

"They recognise the hurt he has felt over the past 18 months."

'Love and admire'

Mr Ghaffur was effectively suspended in September after publicly announcing he was suing his employer for racial discrimination.

In a press conference he claimed he was sidelined, discriminated against and humiliated in his role as boss of security planning for the 2012 Olympics.

He said: "I'm not seeking massive monetary benefits and I do not have grievances against the whole of the Met, an organisation that I dearly love and admire."

The allegations sparked the race row within the Met leading to a boycott of ethnic minority recruitment by the Metropolitan Black Police Association.

In the following weeks, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced an assessment of how ethnic minority officers are treated in police forces throughout England and Wales.

London Mayor Boris Johnson also launched an inquiry into alleged racism within the Metropolitan Police.

Mr Ghaffur began his career as a Pc with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) in Salford in 1974, two years after his family had been forced to flee his birthplace of Uganda by the dictator Idi Amin.

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