Controversial former Peer Lord Ahmed resigned this week but it has now been confirmed that he would have been the first Lord in history to be expelled.
Order Order is reporting:
The Lords Conduct Committee has this morning published a report into conduct of Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham, concluding for the first time ever that a peer should be expelled. The report finds Lord Ahmed to have breached the Code of Conduct for “failing to act on his personal honour” over sexual assault and exploitation. Lord Ahmed resigned from the House of Lords on 14 November, after having seen the report which recommended his expulsion…
The report details how Tahira Zaman, a member of the public “was put in contact with Lord Ahmed to help her make a complaint to the Metropolitan Police about a faith healer”. After offering to help, Lord Ahmed was found to have used his position as a member of the House to:
- Sexually assault the complainant on 2 March 2017.
- Lie to the complainant about his intentions to help her with a complaint to the Metropolitan Police regarding exploitation by a faith healer.
- Exploit the complainant emotionally and sexually despite knowing she was vulnerable.
The Commissioner also found that Lord Ahmed failed to cooperate with her investigation and instead attempted to discredit Ms Zaman’s evidence through “denial and dishonesty”. The Committee noted that at no point in the process did Lord Ahmed show any remorse or take any responsibility for any aspect of his conduct towards the complainant…
The report is to be put to the House for approval on 19 November with no debate.
Meanwhile a child sexual assault case has bee postponed until next years.
Ahmed, 61, is charged with a serious sexual assault against a boy under the age of 11 and the indecent assault of the same boy.
He is also charged with two counts of attempting to rape a girl who was under the age of 16. All these charges relate to alleged incidents in the early 1970s.
Ahmed has pleaded not guilty to all counts.
The peer appeared under his name Nazir Ahmed along with two of his brothers. One of these counts relates to when the boy was under eight, in the late 1960s.
Mohammed Tariq, 63, of Gerard Road, Rotherham, is charged with two counts of indecent assault against a boy under 11.
Farouq has pleaded not guilty to all the charges and Tariq has not entered any pleas.
Ahmed, of East Bawtry Road, Rotherham, stood in the dock with his brothers, wearing a dark suit. All three were given bail.
Ahmed was made a life peer in 1998 and made regular appearances in the media, where he was often called on to comment on issues facing British Muslims. He resigned from the Labour Party in 2013.