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publication date: Dec 31, 2011
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Sacked Spiritualist takes case to

European Court of Human Rights

Alan Power2Spiritualist Alan Power (left), sacked from his job with Greater Manchester Police (GMP), for what he believes are his religious and psychic interests, has applied for his case for unfair dismissal to be heard by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Mr Power, 64, of Birkenhead, Merseyside, lost his job in October 2008 after it was learned that he had tried to involve officers in his psychical research. Police cited “his interests in the psychic field” which were “not compatible” with his employment.

Alan Power has always maintained that the case is one of religious discrimination against his Spiritualist faith. On these grounds he attempted to sue the police force for unfair dismissal, but a Manchester employment tribunal rejected his case in December 2009. They concluded that it was not his beliefs which had prompted his dismissal...

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