British MP suspended for blaming jail term on Jewssuspended MP Lord Nazir Ahmed after he blamed 'the Jews' because he was convicted of texting on his cell phone while driving and sentenced to prison time. This is from the first link.
The British Labor party suspended politician Lord Nazir Ahmed over allegations that he blamed a road accident that he caused on a Jewish conspiracy, the United Kingdom's Press Association reported Thursday.Ahmed actually said a lot more than that.
Ahmed, 55, was jailed for causing a deadly road accident while texting behind the wheel. Earlier Thursday the Times of London cited him as saying that his prison sentence was a result of pressure applied on the court by Jews “who own newspapers and television channels.”
Following publication of these remarks, a Labor spokesman said: "The Labor party deplores and does not tolerate any sort of antisemitism.
"Following reports in the Times today we are suspending Lord Ahmed pending an investigation."
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.
Martyn Gombar, a 28-year-old Slovakian, was killed in December 2007 after his car was hit by Ahmed’s Jaguar near Sheffield, in south Yorkshire. The police said that while he was driving at 70mph, he had sent and received five text messages.
According to the Times, three Court of Appeal judges refused to quash Ahmed’s conviction. They maintained that the sentence was justified and that there should not be “one law for the rich and powerful and one law for the rest.”
However the appeal court did agree to the “exceptional” course of suspending the sentence for 12 months after learning that his sentence would hinder Ahmed’s work “building bridges between the Muslim world and others.”
The peer was freed after serving only 16 days in jail.
Last year Ahmed was suspended by the Labor Party following reports that he offered a £10 million bounty for the capture of President Barack Obama and his predecessor, George W. Bush.Ahmed has a history of this stuff. It's long past time for him to be thrown permanently out of the House of Lords.
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