The Lords Conduct Committee in UK has recommended first ever expulsion of a peer, on Tuesday morning.
According to details, The conduct committee has published a report stating that Lord Nazir Ahmed should be expelled on the basis of the report which finds him guilty of breaching the Code of Conduct for “failing to act on his personal honour” over sexual assault and exploitation.
Lord Nazir resigned from his position, on 14 November, a few days earlier the report published – some say he resigned after having found out that the report recommends his expulsion.
As per the committee’s report, a female public member, Tahira Zaman was put in contact with Lord Ahmed to help her make a complaint to the Metropolitan Police about a faith healer, whom she believed had “exploited innocent men and women financially and sexually.”
Ms zaman’s complaint against Lord Ahmed stated that “when she asked him for help he initially made unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature with her and later held out the promise of using his influence to help her, when in fact his aim was to have sex with her.”
The findings of the Commissioner’s investigation states: 1. “By sexually assaulting Ms Zaman on 2 March 2017, Lord Ahmed was therefore in breach of the Code by failing to act on his personal honour.”
- ”By failing to progress Ms Zaman’s case and lying about his intentions Lord Ahmed was acting without honesty or integrity. As such he was therefore failing to act on his personal honour and was in breach of the Code.”
- ”Lord Ahmed exploited Ms Zaman emotionally and sexually even though he knew she was receiving treatment for anxiety and depression.” This, the Commissioner found, “exacerbates the seriousness of his breaches of the Code.”
- “Lord Ahmed persistently gave deliberately inaccurate and misleading accounts to conceal his behaviour towards Ms Zaman … that in conducting himself in this manner he has failed genuinely to co-operate with the investigation. He has failed to act on his personal honour, as evidenced by his dishonesty and lack of integrity.”
Lord Nazir Ahmed, 62, is not strange to controversies. He was convicted and jailed in 2009 for a reckless driving accident, which crashed into another car, killing its driver. Later in 2013, Nazir Ahmed blamed his conviction in the driving accident on a “Jewish conspiracy”. The comment led to the Labour Party suspending him.
In 2020, Mr Ahmed and two of his bothers, Mohamed Farouq and Mohammed Tariq, were charged with sexual assault on minors in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The charges were serious sexual assault against a boy under the age of 11 and the indecent assault of the same boy; two counts of attempting to rape a girl who was under the age of 16.
Nazir Ahmed was born in Pakistan and moved to the UK in late 1960s with his family. Later, in 1990, he became Labour Party councillor in Rotherham.
Mr Ahmed was the first Muslim peer who was appointed to the Britain’s House of Lords in 1998. He is also known as a critic of the Indian policies and supporter of the ‘Khalistan movement’.