Ex-Labour peer 'repeatedly raped boy and tried to rape girl as a teen in 1970s Rotherham'

Ex-Labour peer 'repeatedly raped boy and tried to rape girl as a teen in 1970s Rotherham'

A FORMER Labour peer went on trial for historic child sex abuse yesterday – after one of his alleged victims vowed: "This is our time to right the wrongs".

Nazir Ahmed, 63, repeatedly attacked his two young victims over a number of years during the late 1960s and early 1970s, it is claimed.


One was a girl, who was aged five when the alleged abuse began, and the second a boy under the age of 11.

Ahmed, who was made a life peer in 1998 by then-PM Tony Blair, denies rape, attempted rape and indecent assault.

His brothers, Mohammed Tariq, 65, and Mohamed Farouq, 70, are also accused of sexual abuse and deny the charges.

Cops launched their probe into the former politician in 2016 after one of his alleged victims stepped forward after decades of silence.

ABUSE CLAIMS

She was followed by the second victim who claimed he had been abused by Ahmed and his brothers.

The two alleged victims later spoke on the phone after the male complainant tracked her down online, the court was told.

In a recorded conversation played to the jury he told her: "He (Ahmed) did the same thing to me as he did to you, the b*****d.

"I'm glad you're taking it further. I have spoken to the police myself to make a complaint.

"I don't want the b*****ds to get away with it."

I don't want the b*****ds to get away with it

The female alleged victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, replied: "They did us a great wrong.

"They are going to try their best to deny it. I have been quiet all my life.

"This is our window of opportunity now. The police have moved on. They are taking these cases seriously.

"They have got at least 60 politicians under investigation as part of Operation Hydrant. They are coming for them.

"This is our one opportunity to right the wrongs of our past.

‘I SEEK JUSTICE‘

"I seek justice and I want justice for you too. We have buried it for so long now.

"It takes one, just one person, to break that silence and it helps others to come forward.

"I've waited so long and I'm not waiting anymore.

"It's time now to seek justice for that little boy who couldn't protect himself."

Prosecutor Tom Little told the jury at Sheffield Crown Court the abuse of the victims took place over a number of years at various addresses in Rotherham, South Yorks.

He said: "Those who were abused were too young to stop it and too young to do anything about it.

"Those that it happened to kept it buried away for many years, as we say is so often the case.

"They did not complain at the time which again we say is so often the case.

"The three defendants had hoped their criminal acts would never see the light of day.

"However, it's now no longer buried away. They have now complained.

"Not just to those they know or love but more recently to the police. This abuse was perpetrated by three defendants, all of whom are brothers.

"At the time the defendants were teenagers. This was not isolated or innocent sexual experimentation by children.

"It was abuse, pure and simply."

Ahmed was arrested and interviewed by cops in May 2016 but refused to answer any questions.

He now says the offences never took place and claims the allegations against him are a "malicious fiction".

Trial judge Jeremy Richardson told the jury that whilst Ahmed was on trial, his brothers were not.

They are unfit to stand trial due to disability but the jury must determine if they committed the acts as part of a 'trial of facts'.

Pakistan-born Ahmed retired from parliament last November.

The trial, which is scheduled to last three weeks, continues.

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