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April 23rd, 2012
Taser Report du Jour

 The incident last September has only come to light after it became widely known among locals.


The diplomatic protection officers had been patrolling outside the former Prime Minister’s £4.3 million London townhouse.


They approached the man, who appeared to be drunk, urinating on Mr. Blair’s front doorstep.


A scuffle ensued in the 3am incident and the police fired the 50,000-volt taser to incapacitate the Arab man so they could arrest him.


The unarmed suspect, Ayedh Alrashidi, who only speaks Arabic and understands little English, collapsed and was taken to a nearby hospital.


It was later revealed that Mr Alrashidi, 40, described as ‘a wealthy and peaceful man’, is a government official from Kuwait.


He was charged with being drunk and disorderly and assaulting a police officer.


At a later hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court, an agreement was reached between the Crown Prosecution Service and his solicitor that Mr Alrashidi would be bound over to keep the peace for a year.


Mr Tablieh said: ‘Mr Alrashidi is a Kuwaiti national, who lives abroad. He doesn’t speak very good English. He is a peaceful man and he didn’t realise what was happening.’


Mr Alrashidi had been staying with friends in a flat just ten minutes walk from Mr Blair’s West London home in Connaught Square.


A friend of Mr Alrashidi said: ‘He didn’t deserve to be treated like that, he is a man who lives a life of luxury in Kuwait, as a respected government official. He didn’t realise he was outside Mr Blair’s home.’


A Scotland Yard police spokesman said: ‘A taser was deployed and a man was charged with assault and being drunk and disorderly.’





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