14 February 2011
Ex-advisor considering unfair dismissal claim against government
An expert who was sacked from his post at the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) is considering launching legal action against the government on the grounds of unfair dismissal.
The Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance appointed Dr Hans Christian Raabe to the ACMD - an independent body established under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 statute and which makes recommendations to the government on the control of drugs - in January 2011 to give the organisation enhanced medical expertise.
However, his membership of the ACMD has now been revoked after it emerged that he had written a paper six years ago which examined the links between homosexuals and child sex offences.
But Dr Raabe is now considering taking action against the Home Office because he claims his report was conducted as a follow up to previous studies - one of which was completed by the government - that made similar points.
"My personal and professional reputation has been shamefully destroyed by the government for saying something it says itself," he commented.
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Posted by Richard Saunders