Labour peer Lord Ahmed blames the Jews for his imprisonment
LORD Ahmed is a Labour peer. In all likelihood, he will be expelled from the Labour Party if the following proves to be true. The Times leads with “Muslim peer blames Jewish conspiracy for jailing him”. The Times makes Ahmed’s religion central to the story. Were Ahmed Christian, would his religion be headline-making news?
Save your sympathies, perhaps, for Martyn Gombar. He was the 28-year-old Slovakian killed on Christmas Day, 2007. Lord Ahmed’s Jaguar smacked into Gombar’s car on the M1 near Sheffield. Gombar’s vehicle was stationary at the time. He had crashed and come to a halt in the outside lane.
Before the fatal crash, Lord Ahmed sent and received five text messages while driving in the dark at speeds of, and above, 60mph. No link could be established between the crash and Lord Ahmed’s texts, thus he was not charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
Ahmed was sent to prison for a 12-week sentence. Mr Justice Wilkie found Ahmed guilty of “prolonged bad driving involving deliberate disregard for the safety of others”.
No Jews were in either Mr Gomar not Mr Ahmed’s cars. Mr Wilkie is not a Jew.
At the time of Lord Ahmed’s sentencing in 2009 he was the Presiding Judge of the north-eastern circuit. He is not a Jew. He, as we’ve noted, is a Muslim.
He served 16 days in prison.
Andrew Norfolk alleges:
A Labour peer who was jailed for sending text messages shortly before his car was in a fatal motorway crash has blamed his imprisonment on a Jewish conspiracy.
Lord Ahmed claimed that his prison sentence for dangerous driving resulted from pressure placed on the courts by Jews “who own newspapers and TV channels”. Britain’s first male Muslim peer also alleged that the judge who jailed him for 12 weeks was appointed to the High Court after helping a “Jewish colleague” of Tony Blair during “an important case”.
He claimed, falsely, that Mr Justice Wilkie was hand-picked and sent from London to carry out the 2009 sentencing at Sheffield Crown Court because no other judge was willing to handle his case. The alleged plot to punish him stemmed, Lord Ahmed claimed, from Jewish disapproval of his support for the Palestinians in Gaza. His comments were made during a television interview on a visit to Pakistan.
Is Ahmed foremost a Muslim, a criminal or just an obnoxious, vain pillock?
The Times has obtained video and audio of the Urdu-language broadcast, in which the 55-year-old Pakistan-born businessman also claims, falsely, that his conviction was subsequently overturned “in a way that kept my honour intact”.
In reality, three Court of Appeal judges refused to quash the conviction. They said that the prison sentence was justified and that there should not be “one law for the rich and powerful and one law for the rest”.
The appeal court did agree to the “exceptional” course of suspending the sentence for 12 months after hearing that time in prison would hinder Lord Ahmed’s work building bridges between the Muslim world and others.
About those bridges…
He said yesterday that he had “no recollection” of giving the TV interview last year. “I’ve done a lot of interviews. If you’re saying that you have seen this footage then it may be so but I need to see the footage and I need to consult with my solicitors before I make any comments in relation to this,” he added.
The Times sent a transcript of Lord Ahmed’s comments in Pakistan to his solicitor, at the peer’s request, but no further response was provided.
The Labour Party states:
“The Labor Party deplores and does not tolerate any sort of racism or anti-Semitism. We will be seeking to clarify these remarks as soon as possible.”
If true, they seem pretty clear…
Her Jerusalem Post has more.