Former peer Nazir Ahmed brands sexual abuse allegations "nonsense"

Former peer Nazir Ahmed brands sexual abuse allegations "nonsense"

By David Parker | 03/12/2021

Former peer Nazir Ahmed brands sexual abuse allegations 'nonsense'

 

A FORMER peer accused of sexually abusing a boy and a girl 50 years ago has described the claims as “complete nonsense”.

Nazir Ahmed, who is on trial at Sheffield Crown Court charged with sexually assaulting the boy and girl in the early 1970s, told police officers who quizzed him on the allegations that they made no sense.

The jury in the trial of the former Labour peer today heard transcripts from Ahmed’s police interviews which took place when the allegations were made in 2016.

The female complainant had accused Ahmed (64, pictured) of attempting to rape her when she was a young girl.

Ahmed told the officer in charge of the case, Det Con Joanna Smithson, that the woman had another motive for making the complaints.

Det Con Smithson had asked Ahmed whether he thought she had made the allegations out of spite.

Ahmed said: “Otherwise, there’s no reason.

“If there is any truth in these allegations, why has it taken 43 years, until now?”

Ahmed told officers he had last seen the woman in Sheffield when he had been working as a Rotherham councillor.

“I walked towards her to see if I could speak to her,” he said.

“She did not speak to me – she smiled, laughed and walked away.”

Det Con Smithson had asked Ahmed if there was anything he wanted to say about the allegations themselves, which are said to have taken place in two properties in Rotherham.

Ahmed said: “Complete nonsense – it does not make any sense whatsoever.

“It is a very long time ago.”

Ahmed said he thought he would have been about 15 at the time of the alleged offences.

“It would never have been possible,” he said.

“It would have been unthinkable for me to have gone down that route.”

Ahmed told police that he had not been sexually active at the time and had lost his virginity when he got married in 1974, aged 16.

The ex-lord is also accused of sexually abusing a boy between 1971 and 1972.

He told police who quizzed him on the allegations: “First, it would be a disgusting act.

“Second, I am in my late 50s – I have been to local schools, colleges, university campuses – and these ridiculous claims come 43 years later.

“If I was such an evil man, why has he raised it after 43 years?”

Ahmed, of East Bawtry Road, Rotherham, denies buggery, indecent assault and two counts of attempted rape.

His brothers, Mohammed Farouq (71) and Mohammed Tariq (65), have been accused of assaulting the same boy but have been deemed not fit to plead on health grounds.

Tariq, of Gerard Road, Rotherham, is charged with two offences of indecent assault between 1970 and 1972 and Farouq, of Worrygoose Lane, Rotherham, is charged with four offences of indecent assault between 1968 and 1972.

They are facing a trial of the facts and the jury has been asked to determine whether they did the acts they are accused of.

The trial continues.

 



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