UK cop gets 11 K pound as compensation for 'Osama' slur

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London, June 27 (ANI): A Muslim cop won 11,000 pounds in a religious discrimination case - after his boss said he looked like Osama Bin Laden.

Darren Yates made several remarks about the length of 42-year-old Tariq Dost's beard.

Yates compared his West Midlands Police colleague to a newspaper picture of al-Qaeda chief Bin Laden - and once referred to Muslim prayer as "shouting and wailing".

According to The Sun, constable Dost told a Birmingham employment tribunal he found the comments "ignorant".

Judge Pauline Hughes said: "This was a sustained course of conduct."

She said the remarks were offensive, more so because Dost was "very religious".

Dost, 40, said Yates laughed at his off-duty Islamic clothing and said: "You look like a terrorist."

Dost, who had filed a case of racial and religious discrimination against West Midlands Police, won the claim, though victimisation was not proven.

He said later: "This was never about money, it was about principle. I feel vindicated." (ANI)

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