Anti-Corruption investigation leads to brothel charges for WMP officer

19/04/2013

A police officer serving with West Midlands Police has been charged with misconduct in a public office, conspiracy to manage a brothel, conspiracy to money launder and conspiracy to possess Class A drugs with intent to supply them to another.

The charges follow a lengthy investigation which stemmed from the force's anti-corruption unit.

Nine others have been charged with money laundering, drugs, or managing a brothel offences as part of the inquiry.

Osman Iqbal, 35, from Birmingham, has been charged with five counts of misconduct in a public office, conspiracy to manage a brothel, conspiracy to money launder and conspiracy to possess Class A drugs with intent to supply them to another.

He is a serving police officer at a Birmingham police station with West Midlands Police and is currently suspended from duty with no access to police premises whilst he awaits trial.

Talib Hussain, 32, and Atif Hussain, 25, both from Birmingham, have been charged with conspiracy to manage a brothel, conspiracy to money launder and conspiracy to possess Class A drugs with intent to supply them to another.

Nasser Ali, 49, and Raheela Ali, 43, both from London, have been charged with conspiracy to manage a brothel and conspiracy to money launder.

Asri Hussain, 23, and Jennifer Williams, 30, both from Birmingham, have been charged with conspiracy to manage a brothel and conspiracy to possess Class A drugs with intent to supply them to another.

Ben Disha, 43, and Fadil Hyseni, 30, both from London, have been charged with conspiracy to manage a brothel.

Sadiff Nazam, 34, from Birmingham, has been charged with conspiracy to money launder.

West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) authorised West Midlands Police to charge ten people to appear at Nuneaton Magistrates Court on 30 April.

The investigation involved officers from Force CID, Professional Standards and the Metropolitan Police Service, in whose area the alleged brothel was based.

ACC Sharon Rowe, (ACC Crime):

"We expect the highest standards from our officers and staff and proactively seek to identify anyone who is suspected of any corrupt activity which would undermine the force's core vision of serving our communities and protecting them from harm.

"The vast majority of West Midlands Police officers and staff are passionate, committed and proud of the work that they do. Any suspicious behaviour will be fully and thoroughly investigated and brought before the courts."

Janet Holman from the West Midlands CPS Complex Casework Unit, said:

"I have advised officers from West Midlands Police that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to proceed with a prosecution against these defendants.

"The decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors."

The investigation relates to one serving officer and nine members of the public. There are no other police officers under investigation in relation to this enquiry.

The people working in the brothel were all adults. There has been no evidence or intelligence within this investigation to suggest that there were any offences of child sexual exploitation or human trafficking.