Are the newspapers really sure they have permission to reveal that now ex-Tory MP Imran Ahmad Khan is a convicted sex offender?
The lengths to which he – and, it seems, the authorities – went to avoid admitting he was facing charges were phenomenal, and strongly reinforce the prevailing opinion that MPs, and particularly Tories, get preferential treatment:
- His victim said he wasn’t ‘taken very seriously’ when he made the allegation of sexual assault to the Tory press office days before Khan was elected as MP for Wakefield, West Yorkshire, in the December 2019 general election.
- Turned away by the Tories, the victim resorted to the police, making a complaint days after Khan was elected. But Khan was sent a questionnaire by Staffordshire Police rather than being interviewed under caution at a station because of “Covid protocols in place at the time”.
- Neither Staffordshire Police nor the Crown Prosecution Service informed the media or the public when Khan was charged by postal requisition – the point at which suspects in criminal cases are routinely named.
- His first appearance at Westminster Magistrates’ Court by video link on June 3 last year did not appear on the public or press lists. Chief Magistrate Paul Goldspring granted him an interim anonymity order ahead of another unlisted hearing, which the CPS refused to confirm was taking place as well as what charge Khan was facing.
- He attempted to stop key details of the case – including the age of his victim, his own homosexuality, and even his fondness for a gin and tonic – coming into the public domain.
- On June 17 last year, Khan argued in court that he should be granted anonymity.
- Then he tweeted in support of press freedom, retweeting a message by then-foreign secretary Dominic Raab about the situation in Hong Kong. He had previously claimed Extinction Rebellion had constrained press freedom when the protest group blocked a newspaper printing press.
- His anonymity – unprecedented in a case not involving national security – was only lifted after legal challenges from two media organisations.
Now Khan has been convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old male at a house in Staffordshire in 2008.
Southwark Crown Court heard how Khan forced the teenager to drink gin and tonic, dragged him upstairs, pushed him onto a bed and asked him to watch porn before the attack.
The victim, now 29, told a jury he was left feeling “scared, vulnerable, numb, shocked and surprised” after Khan touched his feet and legs, and came within “a hair’s breadth” of his genitals.
The boy ran to his parents and a police report was made – but no further action was taken at the time because the victim did not want to make a formal complaint.
Of course, now that a court has returned a “guilty” verdict, the Tory Party’s attitude has gone into reverse. Whereas in 2019 the victim wasn’t “taken very seriously”, now Khan has been expelled from the organisation.
He is awaiting sentencing for the offence and if he is imprisoned for more than a year he will be automatically expelled from the House of Commons.
He could also be subjected to the recall process, by which Wakefield constituents may have him removed as their MP.
Labour has already called for him to resign, so the people of Wakefield “can get the representation they deserve”.
This Writer is fine with all of that; whatever is appropriate, I’ll go with it.
But I want to know how the police and courts will be prevented from treating accused MPs as though the law doesn’t apply to them.
Source: Tory MP guilty of sex attack on boy after forcing him to drink gin | Metro News
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Given we have a rotten to the core corrupt fake tory government this is why convicted male sexual predator Imran Ahmad Khan was protected by both the Crown Prosecution Service and police when he was being investigated for his crime!
Fascist tories enacting their corrupt belief that laws only apply to us peasants not the wealthy fascist tories! So anyone still supporting the corrupt and criminal fascist tories is condoning and supporting corruption!
Convicted male sexual predator Khan should be dismissed from his post as an MP because my understanding is a convicted criminal cannot become or continue to be an MP! Oh wait this doesn’t apply to the fascist tories. Also note that rotten fascist tory Crispin Blunt publicly stated he was horrified at Khan’s conviction because he believes there has been a miscarriage of justice!
If anyone doubts this to be politically motivated then contrast it with how the case against Alex Salmond was reported. Ultimately he has been found innocent (due to the case being fabricated – evidence in court) and yet the BBC still did a documentary claiming him to be guilty after the verdict. He was named before he was charged and every lurid detail of the case made public. His defence against it (which he proved in court) that he could not have committed the offences and that the accusers were, in fact lying, has been removed from the internet by falsely claiming that the only journalist putting them online, Craig Murray, had named the accusers in his blog. This is something he had not done but the judges in this case decided he had identified them in jigsaw identification. Only if you were close enough to the case to be involved would you know who was referred to – THAT was considered enough for a conviction and a jail term. This is something that should have had journalists up in arms. Sadly, as with the Assange case all we heard from the great British press was silence.
We are on a slippery slope. We have the law being abused to silence and jail dissident journalism and politicians getting away with not being identified when it has always been stated that identifying rape accused is in the public interest to see if there are further victims. Our politicians are abusing our legal system for their own personal convenience. We used to condemn countries that acted as ours does and now our press remains silent, only bloggers have the guts to tell us the truth..