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Nazir Afzal resigns as region's top prosecutor after being CLEARED of sending 'inappropriate text' to defendant

Nazir Afzal was appointed to this role in 2011. In 2010, the Muslim Council of Britain was saying that grooming gangs were a "racist myth". Only a Muslim would have been allowed to be the person who turned around decades of the CPS refusing to bring prosecutions. No Kufaar would have been allowed to do this.

From: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/nazir-afzal-resigns-regions-top-8791393

THE head of the Crown Prosecution Service for the north west has resigned after being CLEARED of alleged impropriety.

An investigation was conducted after allegations that Nazir Afzal, OBE, one of Britain’s highest-profile prosecutors, sent a text message to a defendant in a Manchester court case.

He has resigned but the CPS insist his decision to go has nothing to do with the unfounded allegation.

The resignation will be effective from the end of March.

The region’s top prosecutor has been in the spotlight for his high-profile comments on child sexual exploitation and grooming.

A CPS spokesman said: “We are continuing to reduce the number of staff employed across the organisation and Nazir Afzal is leaving the Service as part of this ongoing drive for efficiency.

"This is entirely unrelated to any issue of conduct and we are satisfied that there has been no impropriety on the part of Mr Afzal.”

Mr Nazir took up his post in 2011.

His staff received an email earlier this week saying it had always been his intention to step down in 2015.

In the four-line email, Mr Afzal said there was ‘no secret reason’ why he was leaving after 25 years with the CPS.

He was also a guest speaker at a function at The Palace Hotel last week where he announced he was leaving.

He was responsible for all criminal prosecutions across Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and Cumbria.

He led about 700 lawyers, legal staff, and administrators.

After studying law in Birmingham, he qualified as a solicitor and worked in private practice until he joined the CPS in 1991.

He began his CPS career in central London and has prosecuted and advised on many high profile cases.

He worked in frontline management roles in London before being appointed as Sector Director for CPS West London in 2003.

Before moving to the North West as Chief Crown Prosecutor he had a national role as CPS Director for Communities.

Nazir has pioneered work to tackle honour-based violence and forced marriage, initially bringing this issue to the top of the public agenda through a CPS conference in 2004.

He has the national CPS lead on tackling these crimes and on tackling Violence Against Women (domestic violence, rape and other violent offences in which women are predominantly the victims).

Nazir was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours List in 2005 for his public service and involvement with the local community and was named Legal Personality of the Year by the Society of Asian Lawyers, which represents around 15,000 professionals.

In 2007, he received the CPS Public Servant of the Year award, the UK Government’s Justice Award and the Daily Mirror newspaper ‘People’s Award’, voted for by readers.

In recent years he has also received the Law Society/Bar Council Mentoring award and was selected for the Asian Power 100 along with the Muslim Power 100 list.

The MEN was trying to contact Mr Afzal.

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