Friday, February 24, 2006

London's Mayor Ken Livingstone has been suspended for a month for comparing a Jewish reporter to a Nazi concentration camp guard

Peter Graff:

A three-person panel which hears complaints against local authorities ruled in a case brought by a Jewish group that Livingstone, 60, had brought his office into disrepute.

It ordered him suspended for four weeks from March 1.

"Three members of a body that no one has ever elected should not be allowed to overturn the votes of millions of Londoners," Livingstone said in a statement.

"This decision strikes at the heart of democracy. Elected politicians should only be able to be removed by the voters or for breaking the law."

He added he was discussing with lawyers whether to appeal.

The suspension came as a surprise: the mayor, one of Britain's most colorful and popular politicians, could have faced up to a five year ban on holding public office, but British media were expecting at most a public rebuke.

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