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Assault charges against curry king are dropped

PUBLISHED: 19:45 25 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:39 05 October 2010

BRICK Lane curry king’ Azmal Hussain—one of MP George Galloway’s financial backers—has been cleared of all charges after being arrested on suspicion of assault and witness intimidation. He was arrested near his restaurant in Brick Lane last month, then released on police bail pending further enquiries which ahve now been dropped

BRICK Lane curry king’ Azmal Hussain—one of MP George Galloway’s financial backers—has been cleared of all charges after being arrested on suspicion of assault and witness intimidation.

The 56-year-old entrepreneur, who chairs Galloway’s Tower Hamlets Respect constituency party at Bethnal Green, was arrested near his Preem restaurant in Brick Lane last month, then released on police bail pending further enquiries.

But the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed this week that the enquiries have been dropped.

Meanwhile, applications to review the licences of Mr Hussain’s Brick Lane restaurants Preem & Prithi and Preem are being thrashed out by Tower Hamlets council tonight (Thurs).

The authority’s licensing committee is discussing an application for Reema Balti House in Hanbury Street—but behind closed doors “for confidentiality.”

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