Lord Nazir Ahmed, 55, who became one of the first Muslim peers in the UK after former Prime Minister Tony Blair appointed him in 1998, has said that his prison sentence was a result of pressure applied on the court by Jews “who own newspapers and television channels,” the Times said on Thursday.
He also claimed that the judge in the 2008 case was appointed to his position after he helped a “Jewish colleague” of Blair during an important case. According to Ahmed, Justice Wilkie was hand-picked to carry out the sentencing because no other judge was willing to handle his case.
He also alleged that Jewish-owned media organizations pressured the courts to charge him with a more serious offense.
Ahmed maintained that the plot to stemmed from Jewish disapproval of his support for the Palestinians in Gaza. The Times said he repeated his comments during a television interview in Pakistan, which was said to have been broadcast last April.
“My case became more critical because I went to Gaza to support Palestinians. My Jewish friends who own newspapers and TV channels opposed this,” he allegedly said in the interview.
Ahmed denied he ever gave the interview. The Times said it has sent his lawyer a copy of the transcript.
A spokesman for the Labour Party said that they would launch an investigation to look at the disgraced peer’s comments.
The Jerusalem Post article goes on to list Lord Ahmed’s greatest hits, which will be familiar to readers of Harry’s Place. It is amazing that he is still a member of the Labour Party, and a stain on the reputation of the party. Britain is full of outstanding Muslim citizens, many of whom have been active in opposing extremism and hatred – and have put themselves at great personal risk for that reason. However, instead of making them peers, a dodgy ‘community macher’ was elevated to the House of Lords. We are reaping what we sowed.
So, will Lord Ahmed become RESPECT’s first peer? It is a possibility. He has appeared on platforms with RESPECT politicians often enough. RESPECT, however, has expelled antisemites before.
So, let’s see.
Here are some scenes from Lord Ahmed’s wonderful political career
With Ibrahim Hewitt, chairman of Interpal, the British charity that serves Hamas
With the Khomeinists of the self-styled Islamic Human Rights Commission
With hate preacher Ibtisam Elahi Zaheer, who was invited to Parliament by Ahmed