A blind student who was ‘dragged out’ of the Oxford Union has been paid several thousands of pounds in compensation.
Ebenezer Azamati was ‘pushed’ out of the exclusive debating chamber by security on October 17.
Footage of him being ‘manhandled’ went viral after the ex-president, Brandan McGrath who wasn’t there that evening – claimed Mr. Azamati was behaving aggressively and banned him for two terms.
In a statement tweeted by the union, which is independent from the university, the president apologised days later for the “distress and reputational damage”.
But almost a year later, the union has made another public statement saying: “Ebenezer Azamati, a member of the Oxford Union, sought to attend one of its debates. Mr. Azamati is blind and Black. Mr. Azamati was initially turned away.
“He was subsequently admitted but then steps were taken to remove him by force.
“He eventually left voluntarily. Shortly afterward, disciplinary proceedings were wrongly brought against Mr. Azamati alleging violence and dishonesty.
“The allegations and initial findings against him were made public. All the allegations against him were withdrawn on appeal, the findings were set aside and he was rightly cleared of any wrongdoing”.
Ebenezer Azamati was expelled from a debate at the Oxford Union after he attempted to attend a talk on the motion ‘This House has no confidence in HM Government’.