Incompetent Police

February 19th, 2008 § 0 comments


An Israeli general wanted for alleged war crimes escaped arrest in the UK because British police feared an armed confrontation at Heathrow airport.
Documents seen by BBC News reveal that Major General Doron Almog was flown back to Israel after officers refused to board his plane in September 2005.

He stayed on board for two hours after a tip-off that he was facing detention.

Police were concerned about a potential clash with Israeli air marshals or armed personal security on the plane.

Officials tipped off the general and he and his wife refused to leave the El Al flight for the two hours it sat at the London airport’s terminal.

The documents now show Det Supt John MacBrayne, who was responsible for the operation, could not get confirmation that his team had the right to board the plane.

El Al, Israel’s national airline, had refused permission.

I find it hard to believe that police going to arrest someone as they are getting off a plane at an airport and no-one thought to ask “what do we do if he won’t get off?”
Incredible. It really is.

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