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Man claims embassy official called him a ‘black slave’

ALLEGATIONS: Qatar Embassy London

A RECEPTIONIST has alleged he was hit and called a ‘black slave’ and a ‘dog’ by an official at the Qatari Embassy in London. A tribunal at the Central London Employment court heard that Mohamoud Ahmed, 73, also alleged he was called a ‘donkey’ in Arabic during a campaign of racial bullying at the oil rich gulf nation’s embassy. Somali-born Ahmed, who is a British citizen, worked at the Qatari embassy for 20 years and is claiming unfair and wrongful dismissal, race and age discrimination, the London Evening Standard reported.

The Qatari embassy and the senior officials have denied Ahmed’s allegations. A Qatari embassy spokesman the Evening Standard : “Mr. Ahmed’s allegations are utterly untrue. He was at no time ill-treated, abused or discriminated against by anyone at or representing the embassy. It is certainly not true that Mr Ahmed was discriminated against because of his colour. His son and other members of his family continue to be employed at the embassy, together with a large number of other people from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds.”

The Evening Standard said the Court of Appeal is expected to make a decision in the case which is being seen as a test case looking at whether embassies can properly claim diplomatic immunity against such actions.

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