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British MP accused of rape, rioting retires before expulsion

The British MP, Indians in the UK allege, was also the mastermind behind the riots that erupted before the high commission on 15 August 2019

Sharing the information with Sirf News, a former BBC journalist wrote about British parliamentarian Lord Nazir Ahmed, “He is Pakistan’s mouthpiece in the UK and he organised riots in front OJ, the Indian High Commission, last year. He was accused of rape.”

The Lords Conduct Committee yesterday concluded that Lord Ahmed of Rotherham had emotionally and sexually exploited Tahira Zaman, who had approached him for help in 2017. The inquiry into his behaviour followed British media investigations.

Lord Ahmed said the allegations in the report were not true and he would appeal against the decision whereas Zaman said she was “elated and relieved” at the report’s findings.

British MP also a riot instigator

The British parliamentarian, the Indian diaspora in the UK alleges, was also the mastermind behind the riots that had erupted before the high commission on 15 August 2019. Thousands of Pakistani immigrants and anti-India groups had that day taken to the streets to disrupt the Indian Independence Day celebrations.

Protestors waving Pakistani and pro-Khalistani separatist flags arrived in over 50 chartered coaches from all around the country, including Birmingham, Manchester, and Bradford.  These 5000 + protestors who had only one purpose –to interrupt, intimidate and attack the peaceful Indians marking their 73rd Independence day. Hundreds of them could be seen holding up abusive placards and shouting obscenities at the Indian Diaspora.

“Amongst the crowd, Lord Nazir Ahmed, who is currently on trial for child sexual assault and who has a history of inflammatory divisive speeches, was another leader instigating this aggression and rabid atmosphere,” reported Amar Trivedi for MyIndMakers.

British MP was approached ‘for help’

The Lords Conduct Committee reached the conclusion that Lord Ahmed had exploited Zaman, knowing she was receiving treatment for anxiety and depression. The Lords Commissioner for Standards, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, said this “exacerbates the seriousness” of his breaches of the code of conduct.

Zaman told BBC last year: “I was looking for help and he took advantage of me, he abused his power.” She said she had approached the British MP because she had thought he could help her get the Metropolitan Police to investigate a faith healer who, she believed, was exploiting women.

Lord Ahmed wrote to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner on headed paper on 2 March. Zaman and he then met at a restaurant in east London in February 2017 to discuss the case.

After dinner, Zaman alleged that Lord Ahmed groped her upper thigh. Zaman says she was shocked by this behaviour. She did not meet Lord Ahmed thereafter, she claimed.

The Commissioner for Standards’ investigation, on the balance of probabilities, found that Lord Ahmed had sexually assaulted her.

Encouraged by a friend, Zaman had sent a message to Lord Ahmed on 14 July 2017 to ask whether he had received a reply from the police. He reportedly said he had and they arranged a meeting at his house in east London to discuss the matter.

Zaman told BBC Newsnight last year, “He was saying I’m beautiful and, you know, he really likes me.” Later that evening, in September 2017, they had sex.

The Commissioner for Standards concludes: “I find that it is more likely than not that Zaman went to Lord Ahmed’s house at his invitation to discuss the offer made by the police to meet her. However, he had no intention of forwarding her concerns to the police and his use of the offer of a meeting made in the letter from the police to lure Zaman to his house was dishonest.”

the British parliamentarian continued to pursue her. Zaman felt they were entering into a relationship.

But Zaman says that after two months the relationship ended. She says she realised she had been exploited.

Zaman first complained to the House of Lords about Lord Ahmed’s behaviour in January 2018.

She approached the BBC after the Commissioner for Standards told her that the British MP could not be investigated because the code of conduct only covered his parliamentary “duties” — mainly proceedings of the House of Lords.

BBC probe into British MP’s conduct

The BBC began to investigate the Lords’ decision not to accept Zaman’s complaint, for a film broadcast in February last year.

Interviewed by the BBC for Newsnight, Lord Carlile QC, a former deputy high court judge, said the Commissioner for Standards had “got it wrong”, adding: “If someone comes to you for help, particularly if they’re vulnerable and you form a sexual relationship, actually that’s disgraceful.”

The Commissioner for Standards denied this, telling Newsnight that was a misunderstanding of the code of conduct.

Ten weeks after the film was broadcast, the House of Lords changed the wording of the code to cover parliamentary “activities”, rather than just “duties”.

It was retrospective and so covered the British parliamentarian’s behaviour.

Zaman re-submitted her complaint, which led to a detailed investigation by the Commissioner for Standards.

‘I wanted justice’

Responding to the report, Zaman said, “I feel elated and relieved because the whole experience for me was quite traumatising. I’m still digesting, digesting it.

“I keep on telling myself that I’ve got what I wanted. I wanted justice.”

The retiring British parliamentarian said, “I am extremely disappointed by the report of the conduct committee, which is based on a flawed and unfair investigation process.

“I have always said, and maintain, that the allegations contained in the report are not true.

“Given this, I am now going to continue pursuing my appeal to the European Court of Human Rights to remedy this injustice.”

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