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Driver called ‘black slave’ by diplomat wins £8,000

A DRIVER who was racially abused by a Qatari diplomat has been awarded £8,000 by an employment tribunal.

Somali-born Mahamoud Ahmed was called a ‘black slave’ and ‘a dog’ while he worked for Abudullah Ali Al-Ansari between 2006 and 2013. The 80-year-old won (pictured) a six-year legal battle when employment judge Joanna Wade ruled he was discriminated and unfairly dismissed because of ‘race-related scorn’.

Mr Ahmed said: ‘I did not want to tell my family about any of it as I did not want to upset them, and so I would avoid seeing them. I felt like I was in a prison, yet I kept working for the sake of my family.’

Mr Al-Ansari was protected by diplomatic immunity until a landmark Court of Appeal ruling in 2015, which was backed up by one in the Supreme Court in 2017.

He told his lawyer to leave the Central London Employment Tribunal hearing to protect his ‘dignity and privileges’, and allegedly offered Mr Ahmed £50,000 ‘to drop the case’.