Lord Nazeer suspended for 'Jewish conspiracy' comments

Lord Ahmed was appointed Britain's first Muslim peer in 1998.


Afp March 14, 2013
Ahmed pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and a judge sentenced him to 12 weeks in jail in February 2009. PHOTO: FILE

LONDON: Britain's Labour Party suspended Pakistan-born Lord Nazir Ahmed on Thursday over reports that he blamed a Jewish conspiracy for his imprisonment over a fatal car crash, a spokesman said.

The Times newspaper said Ahmed, who was jailed for dangerous driving after sending text messages shortly before the accident, had attributed his prison sentence on pressure placed on British courts by Jews "who own newspapers and TV channels".

He allegedly told a Pakistani television station that the judge who jailed him for 12 weeks was appointed after helping a "Jewish colleague" of former Prime Minister Tony Blair during a case, according to translations of his Urdu language comments obtained by the newspaper.

"The Labour Party deplores and does not tolerate any sort of anti-Semitism. Following reports in The Times today we are suspending Lord Ahmed pending an investigation," a party spokesman said.

Lord Ahmed was appointed Britain's first Muslim peer in 1998.

His car hit a stationary vehicle on a motorway in northern England on Christmas Day in 2007, killing the 28-year-old Slovakian driver.

Ahmed pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and a judge sentenced him to 12 weeks in jail in February 2009 after hearing that he sent five text messages in the minutes before the crash.

The party suspended Ahmed in April 2012 over reports that he offered a £10 million ($15.9 million, 12.1 million euro) bounty for the capture of US President Barack Obama and former president George W. Bush.

He denied the comments and was later reinstated.

COMMENTS (32)

SJ | 8 years ago | Reply

Baron Ahmed was sentenced for dangerous driving, the court ruled out that him being on the phone was the cause of death, at most it may have been an indirect factor. The cause of death occurred when he ran over the man (the victim was walking on the motorway not the hardsholder) when driving on the motorway in fog. Many people including him and my self believe he was a scapegoat for driving whilst on the phone. I sympathise with the victim and family, yet this was a tragic accident. His comments are highly controversial, but unlike his Muslim peers he does not undergo pressure by the media . I do not condone what he said, yet I am proud that he is outspoken. He has contributed greatly to the Muslim community and the whole British society (eg. Nov 07: diplomatic effort to secure the release of Mrs. Gibbons from custody in Sudan.) I typed this message to reduce this hatred (indirect islamic / racial prejudice) for a man who has done so much for society, but like others do not condone -what I believe was a mistake- the possible comments he said on Pakistani television

Fazal karim | 8 years ago | Reply

Common sense must prevail. Lord Nazir holds the lordship of Great Britain and not of else. He must show some maturity. He is not an ordinary man. He is a LORD. Any word slip out of his lips carry an effect. May be he is not answerable to anyone as politicians are, he is still responsible to hold the respect for House of Lords he is member of. He must avoid to become a laughing stock.

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