An anti-Semitic magistrate who resigned last year jumped before he was pushed after a disciplinary panel found that he posted racist comments on social media as far back as 2010, according to an investigation revealed last week.
Abul ‘Abz’ Hussain, a former member of George Galloway’s Respect Party, became a magistrate in Newham in 2011 but stepped down from judicial office in August 2015 – before he could be removed by the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice.
A Disciplinary Panel confirmed that he should be kicked out after investigating comments he made on Facebook in 2010, in which he wrote: “u know the worlds coming to an end when a jew [sic] accuses another of being of his kind [sic]”.
Hussain, who worked at Stratford Magistrates’ Court, is also reported to have written: “jews like u are so boring so find everything lame, here’s a penny go put it in the bank and u just might get a pound after ten years interest [sic]”.
Activists from Campaign Against Antisemitism pushed for a judicial investigation after a Sunday newspaper revealed Hussain was serving as a magistrate in late 2014, and last week welcomed the findings.
“We commend the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office for its ruling that anti-Semitism must be treated with zero tolerance,” said CAA director Jonathan Sacerdoti. “Our only regret being the protracted nature of this investigation.”