Of course he got off. Islam trumps all.
“But critics say the suspension is further evidence of regulators showing leniency to barristers guilty of crimes.”
Maybe the leniency stems from his being a barrister. But we have also seen, many, many times, Muslims in the U.K. get special treatment from fearful and deferential officials. Remember the Muslim rape gangs that roamed free for years because authorities were afraid of being accused of “racism” and “Islamophobia.” Were officials in this case too afraid of appearing “Islamophobic” to give justice to Ahmed’s victim?
Immigration barrister, 40, avoids being struck off after headbutting female lawyer and shoving her against wall outside Calvin Klein store in Chelsea
By Sam McEvoy, Mailonline, April 1, 2020:
A top barrister who headbutted a female lawyer – leaving her covered in blood on the ground – was spared being struck off.
Disciplinary chiefs handed Rashid Ahmed just a three-month suspension over a drunken attack on King’s Road in Chelsea.
Ahmed, an immigration law specialist, left his junior colleague ‘on the pavement, on her back’, with ‘blood all over her face, and surrounded by members of the public’.
Ahmed, a deputy head of chambers, was restrained by passers-by and was allegedly seen still clenching his fists.
He was convicted over the assault at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in April 2018 and handed a 12-month community order.
A Bar disciplinary tribunal has now sided against kicking Ahmed from the profession – despite ruling he had undermined public confidence.
The tribunal insisted Ahmed was ‘not a risk to the public’, and had ‘shown insight’.
But critics say the suspension is further evidence of regulators showing leniency to barristers guilty of crimes….
It started with Mr Ahmed throwing water and an ashtray before he was then allegedly seen ‘to grab her, shake her, push her up against a pillar between two of the shop windows’.
Ahmed then tried ‘one headbutt that missed’, and then ‘a second headbutt to her face’, making contact ‘just above her nose, close to the eye’….
Ahmed admitted a single charge of professional misconduct – behaving in a way likely to diminish public trust in the profession….
Ahmed was initially handed a suspended jail term after admitting assault. The conviction was later swapped for a community order and unpaid work following an appeal….
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