UK

George Galloway MP's ex-aide admits data breach

  • 23 June 2014
  • From the section UK
Aisha Ali-Khan and Mohammed Afiz Khan arriving at Westminster Magistrates Court at an earlier hearing
Image caption Aisha Ali-Khan and Mohammed Afiz Khan will be sentenced next month

The ex-parliamentary secretary of MP George Galloway has pleaded guilty to encouraging her police officer husband to obtain emails without consent.

Aisha Ali-Khan, 33, admitted the charge during a brief hearing at London's Southwark Crown Court.

Her husband, former Metropolitan Police detective inspector Mohammed Afiz Khan, 46, has already pleaded guilty to two misconduct charges.

The pair, of Keighley, West Yorkshire, will be sentenced together on 11 July.

The maximum penalty she can receive is a fine but her husband could face jail.

He was head of the Muslim contact unit at the Met's counter-terrorism unit SO15.

The ex-parliamentary aide admitted that on or about 24 August 2012 she encouraged her husband to obtain personal data relating to emails.

Radical cleric details

She previously pleaded not guilty to a second charge of encouraging misconduct in a public office.

Mr Khan was originally charged with two counts of misconduct in a public office and four counts of data protection offences between May and September 2012.

In December he pleaded guilty to a charge of misconduct in that he disclosed restricted information he had obtained relating to the arrest of radical Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary to Mrs Ali-Khan while she was employed by Mr Galloway on or around 22 May 2012.

He also admitted a charge of misconduct relating to obtaining CCTV from South Yorkshire Police that he had no authority or good reason to obtain between 16 March and 30 April 2012.

Mr Khan pleaded not guilty to two data protection charges but did not enter pleas to the other two.

He was suspended from the Met after being charged in July last year and has been dismissed.

Mrs Ali-Khan - who worked for Mr Galloway, the Respect MP for Bradford West - and Mr Khan were both given bail.