Lord Ahmed is facing charges along with his two brothers. Ahmed is charged with indecently assaulting the boy and two counts of attempted rape against a girl aged under 16 in the early 1970s. He was also charged an allegation of buggery against a boy under 11 …. reports Asian Lite News
The new year will witness the trial of two powerful men in different segments of society. When Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein go on trial in New York on January 6 for rape, Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham will appear at Sheffield Crown court to face four charges against a boy and girl in a historical child sex offence.
Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond goes on trial in Edinburgh for alleged sex offences on March 9. He is facing 14 charges, including attempted rape, against 10 women.
Mr Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to three charges against two women. He is trying for a deal with his accusers. The tentative deal floated by lawyers to have been agreed by most parties. It would pay out $25m to nearly 30 actresses and ex-employees. However, a number of plaintiffs and lawyers expressed anger at the terms. The deal has still to be signed off and Weinstein has not commented.
Lord Ahmed is facing charges along with his two brothers. Ahmed is charged with indecently assaulting the boy and two counts of attempted rape against a girl aged under 16 in the early 1970s. He was also charged an allegation of buggery against a boy under 11. He denied all the charges.
The former Labour politician would have been aged between 14 to 17 when the alleged abuse took place against the two complainants. No pleas have been formally entered. But his brothers have denied sexually abusing the same boy between 1968 to 1972.
Mohammed Farouq (68), of Worrygoose Lane, Rotherham, denied at the earlier hearing four counts of indecent assault, said to have taken place when he was aged between 17 and 22.
Mohammed Tariq (63), of Gerard Road, Rotherham, also denies two counts of indecently assaulting the boy when he would have been aged between 14 to 16.
All the accused will appear on January 6 at Sheffiled Crown Court to face a two week trial. All the accused were on unconditional bail now.
Lord Ahmed, one of the most influential British-Asian politicians of Pakistani-origin, was in news recently as BBC aired a programme in which two victims accused the Lord of sexually abusing them.
In May 2016, police received reports of sexual offences, which were alleged to have taken place in Rotherham in the late 1960s and mid-1970s. Lord Ahmed was a member of the Labour Party for most of his career. In 2013, he was suspended from the party following allegations of antisemitism. It was reported that he blamed a Jewish conspiracy for a prison sentence he received following a fatal motorway crash, resulting in immediate suspension from the Labour party, from which he resigned later in the year. He was expelled from the Party after reports show that he is trying to raise bounty for then US President George Bush and prime minister Tony Blair.