A senior British diplomat has been arrested after he allegedly launched an abusive tirade against Israel and Judaism at a London gym, police said Tuesday.
Rowan Laxton, the 47-year-old head of the Foreign Office’s South Asia desk, was held on suspicion of inciting religious hatred — an offense that carries a maximum jail term of seven years.
He allegedly used foul language as he criticized Israel’s conduct during the conflict in Gaza at a fitness center at the London Business School last month.
Laxton is also alleged to have made an offensive comment about the Jewish religion.
A police spokeswoman said Laxton was arrested Jan. 27 and released on police bail — meaning he has not been charged with an offense.
Hm. His rant may have been offensive, but worthy of arrest? :eek:
The Foreign Office said it wouldn’t comment while police inquiries are ongoing, but confirmed that Laxton remains in his role.
Now that is strange. I would think a suspension would be in order.