So, Boris Johnson picked up Tariq Aziz (well spotted that man)\’s cigar case 5 years ago, from the ruins of his villa. Now the Met is insisting that he hand it over to them:
A Met Police spokesman said: "The Met works very closely with a number of countries, including Iraq, to recover items that are considered culturally significant. In order to establish the origin and potential significance of the item, such items must be submitted to police custody for further examination.
"The MPS treats the theft of, and cultural dealing of, property from abroad very seriously. The steps we are taking are proportionate with a view to repatriating an item which could be of cultural or historical significance to the Iraqis."
Nice that Ken\’s got them working on the important stuff, isn\’t it?
Might be worth noting that direct political control of the police would only make such things worse.