‘Terror suspect’ wins payout from transport police


The case has called into question how anti-terror legislation is being used while the government forces through emergency surveillance legislation to beef up state security against terrorism, writes Symeon Brown.

Taher Gulamhussein told Channel 4 News exclusively that when travelling from Kings Cross on 14 October 2010 for work, he was asked to provide a valid train ticket after being questioned by ticket inspectors.

When Mr Gulamhussein disputed the suggestion that his ticket was not valid – Mr Gulamhussein was later proven to be correct – his attempts to make a complaint and take a picture of the incident ended in him being detained and handcuffed by police officers.

Mr Gulamhusein was immediately released without charge on arrival at the station. However, a professional standards report found the legal volunteer was detained on suspicion of terrorist offences without sufficient grounds and that officers acted “incorrectly and unlawfully”.

Read the rest of the article at Channel 4 published on 11 July 2014