Chief wel­comes sen­tence for cor­rupt of­fi­cers

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Nick McCarthy Crime Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Chief Con­sta­ble of West Mid­lands Po­lice has wel­comed prison sen­tences for two cor­rupt po­lice of­fi­cers jailed this week for plot­ting to steal and sell drugs.

David Thomp­son wel­comed sen­tences for for­mer con­sta­bles Wahid Hus­man and Tah­sib Ma­jid who used their po­si­tions to ac­cess con­fi­den­tial po­lice in­tel­li­gence sys­tems to carry out the of­fences. Both men, he said, were “in the wrong in­sti­tu­tion and are now in the right one”.

The pair were caught when the force’s own Counter Cor­rup­tion Unit, to­gether with spe­cial­ists from the National Crime Agency dis­cov­ered their plans and mounted catch them.

Hus­man, 47, was jailed for 16 years after plead­ing guilty to drug of­fences, con­spir­acy to steal, and mis­con­duct in a pub­lic of­fice. Ma­jid, 35, re­ceived a 15-year jail term after be­ing con­victed by a jury of mis­con­duct in a pub­lic of­fice, con­spir­acy to pos­sess drugs with in­tent to sup­ply and un­law­ful dis­clo­sure of an op­er­a­tion to per­sonal data. Five other men – Im­ran Rehman, Asam Qayum, Shazad Mush­taq, Akeem Rasab and Imaan Haidri – were also jailed after they also ad­mit­ted to a num­ber of of­fences in con­nec­tion with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Chief Con­sta­ble Thomp­son said: “There is quite rightly a very ro­bust process in place to iden­tify this sort of cor­rup­tion.

“The sen­tences are sub­stan­tial and they have al­ready been sacked. But I think it’s worth men­tion­ing again the ab­so­lute in­tol­er­ance we have for this type of be­hav­iour. There was some ex­cel­lent work done in this case by the anti-cor­rup­tion unit and the National Crime Agency. “They were in the wrong in­sti­tu­tion and they are now in the right one.” Birm­ing­ham Crown Court pre­vi­ously heard how both po­lice of­fi­cers were based in Birm­ing­ham and used their roles to steal quan­ti­ties of Class A and B drugs. Hus­man ac­cessed po­lice com­puter sys­tems to feed in­for­ma­tion to a num­ber of crim­i­nal as­so­ci­ates while Ma­jid com­mit­ted a Data Pro­tec­tion of­fence on be­half of an as­so­ci­ate.

> Chief Con­sta­ble David Thomp­son

> Wahid Hus­man, aged 47, left,

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