THE trial of a Rotherham peer accused of historic child sexual abuse has been delayed until the new year.
Lord Nazir Ahmed had been due to stand trial at Sheffield Crown Court on July 13 but the case has been delayed due to Covid-19 restrictions on jury trials.
Jury trials lasting up to five days will resume after June 29 but Lord Ahmed’s case is estimated to take up to three weeks and so will not be compatible with the new restrictions in place.
The case was postponed until Monday, January 25 at a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court today (Thursday) which was attended virtually by counsel.
Ahmed (61), of East Bawtry Road, is charged with indecently assaulting a boy and two counts of attempted rape against a girl aged under 16 in the early 1970s.
The former Labour politician faces a further allegation of buggery against the boy, who was aged under 11.
Ahmed would have been aged between 14 and 17 when the alleged abuse took place against the two complainants.
He denies all of the charges.
Lord Ahmed's brothers Mohammed Tariq (63), of Gerard Road, Rotherham, and Mohammed Farouq (68), of Worrygoose Lane, have been charged with sexually abusing the same boy between 1968 to 1972.
But both men have been deemed by experts to be unfit to plead and they will face a trial of the facts, where no verdicts of guilty or not guilty will be open to the jury.
Tariq (below) is charged with two counts of indecently assaulting the boy when the defendant would have been aged between 14 and 16.
Farouq (below) is charged with four counts of indecent assault said to have taken place against the boy when the defendant was aged between 17 and 22.
The defendants, who were excused attendance from today’s hearing, remain on bail.