Britain’s Labour Party has suspended a Muslim, Pakistani-born member of the House of Lords for claiming his imprisonment following a fatal car crash was the result of a Jewish conspiracy.
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Labour Party head Ed Miliband temporarily banished Lord Nazir Ahmed on Thursday following reports that the lawmaker, in a Urdu-language television interview delivered in Pakistan last April, said he believed Jewish media owners, eager to sabotage him for his support of the Palestinians, had conspired to get him placed behind bars.
On Christmas Day in 2007, Ahmed slammed into a parked car shortly after sending text messages while driving. The driver of the stationary vehicle, a 28-year-old Slovakian, was killed in the crash. Ahmed pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving, and in February 2009, he was sentenced to 12 weeks in jail.
According to a report in The London Times, Ahmed told a Pakistani television interviewer last April that he believed he had been “treated harshly” because he had made visits to Gaza.
Ahmed now claims no recollection of the interview, but he reportedly told the interviewer, “My case became more critical because I went to Gaza to support Palestinians. My Jewish friends who own newspapers and TV channels opposed this.”
Ahmed also reportedly said that the judge in his case, Sir Alan Fraser Wilkie, earned his position on the bench thanks to the cronyism of a “Jewish colleague” of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
"The Labour Party deplores and does not tolerate any sort of anti-Semitism,” a Labour party spokesperson said on Thursday. “Following reports in The Times today we are suspending Lord Ahmed pending an investigation."