Nazir Ahmed, a former Labour Party peer, is facing charges of sexually assaulting children.


Nazir Ahmed, a former Labour Party peer, is facing charges of sexually assaulting children.

Nazir Ahmed, a former peer, was found guilty of attempting to rape a young girl in the 1970s when he was a teenager.

Ahmed, 64, formerly Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, was found guilty of serious sexual offenses against a girl and a boy over a 40-year period yesterday.

Ahmed tried to rape her in the early 1970s, when the defendant was around 16 or 17, but she was much younger, a woman told a jury at Sheffield Crown Court.

In the early 1970s, the former politician was convicted of serious sexual assault against a boy under the age of 11.

A recording of a phone call between the two complainants, made by the woman after she went to the cops in 2016, was played to the jury.

Prosecutor Tom Little QC told the jury that the incident was sparked by the man emailing the woman and saying, “I have evidence against that paedophile.” Ahmed denied all of the charges.

Mohammed Farouq, 71, and Mohammed Tariq, 65, were charged with him, but both were found unfit to stand trial.

After a conduct committee report found he sexually assaulted a vulnerable woman who sought his assistance, the former Labour peer resigned from the House of Lords in November 2020.

He was the first peer to be recommended for expulsion, but he resigned before the recommendation could be carried out.

Mr Justice Lavender, the judge, granted Ahmed bail and ordered him to appear in court on February 4 for his sentencing.

His conviction came after a tumultuous prosecution, which included a previous trial that was halted due to evidence disclosure issues.

“This case clearly illustrates that where there is sufficient evidence, even in challenging cases, the CPS will bring a prosecution,” said Rosemary Ainslie, head of the CPS special crime division.


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