UK diplomat suspended for 'hate-speech' at gym

The Foreign Office's Rowan Laxton was arrested last month for an alleged anti-Semitic rant.

British Foreign Office 248.88 (photo credit: Courtesy)
British Foreign Office 248.88
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A British official says a UK diplomat has been suspended following his arrest for an alleged anti-Semitic rant in a London gym. Foreign Office Minister Gillian Merron told members of Parliament on Friday that Rowan Laxton, 47, had been suspended from his job at the Foreign Office and will face disciplinary proceedings. He was arrested last month on suspicion of threatening to stir up religious hatred, but has not been charged. He allegedly used foul language and criticized Israel's conduct during the conflict in Gaza and allegedly made an offensive comment about Judaism. Merron says the police investigation continues. Laxton coordinated work on South Asia and briefed Foreign Secretary David Miliband about the area.