Qatari Diplomat’s Elderly Black Driver Says Official Referred to him as ‘Slave’ and ‘Dog’

Mahamoud Ahmed's case for unfair dismissal is being heard at the Central London Employment Tribunal.
Mahamoud Ahmed’s case for unfair dismissal is being heard at the Central London Employment Tribunal.

A Qatari diplomat called his driver a “dog”, “donkey” and a “black slave” during a campaign of physical and racial abuse while working at the country’s embassy in London, a tribunal has heard.

Abdullah Ali Al-Ansari, a diplomat who is currently employed as the Embassy’s head of its medical centre, is alleged to have subjected Mahamoud Ahmed, 79, his former driver and the organisation’s night security officer, to mental and physical abuse over a number of years. The attaché allegedly treated him like a “personal slave” who was “on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week”.

It emerged yesterday during proceedings at the Central London Employment Tribunal that he also allegedly offered Mr Ahmed a £50,000 bribe to drop the unfair dismissal case against him in a bid to “buy his silence”.

Mr Ahmed, a 79-year-old British citizen of Somali heritage, was sacked from the Embassy in 2013.

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SOURCE: Gabriella Swerling, The Telegraph