COP IN HOT WATER OVER BIN LADEN DISGUISE
A senior British police officer who dressed up as Osama bin Laden to attend a village fair has been dismissed from his job helping to build Afghanistan’s security forces.
Chief Supt. Colin Terry of the Devon and Cornwall police dressed up as the architect of the Sept. 11 attacks, complete with turban, Arab robes and a bin Laden face mask, to attend the local charity fete last week.
He was spotted by a photographer and reported to the Independent Police Complaints Commission by his own force. Now he has also been dismissed by the Foreign Office, which oversaw his policing contract in Afghanistan.
“Chief Supt. Colin Terry will not be returning to the EUPOL mission,” a spokesman for the Foreign Office said on Sunday.
EUPOL is a European Unionbacked police training scheme.
Witnesses at the family fete and colleagues on the Devon and Cornwall police force said they were shocked when Terry was revealed to be the man behind the bin Laden costume.
Terry, in turn, said he was surprised by everyone’s outrage. “I am quite horrified that someone would see this negatively,” he said.