Tory MP Crispin Blunt has apologized for defending his colleague Imran Ahmad Khan, who was convicted yesterday of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.
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Khan, MP for Wakefield since 2019, was immediately expelled from the party after being found guilty of the 2008 attack. Blunt then “made an extraordinary intervention” and posted a “highly unusual and exaggerated statement” on his website, describing the conviction as “an almost international scandal,” he said The audienceis Steerpike.
“Terrible Miscarriage of Justice”
Blunt, MP for Reigate in Surrey and – to date – leader of the parliamentary group on LGBTQ+ rights, said he was “deeply appalled and disturbed by the horrific miscarriage of justice” that befell his “friend and colleague”.
In the now-deleted post, he said the conviction would have “horrifying wide-reaching implications for millions of LGBT+ Muslims around the world” and that the case had been “backed by lazy tropes about LGBT+ people that we might have thought we had for decades.” left behind before”.
LGBTQ+ rights members step down
“MPs immediately condemned Mr Blunt’s testimony,” he said The Telegraph. Five MPs – Labour’s Chris Bryant and Kate Osborne, the SNP’s Stewart McDonald, Martin Docherty-Hughes and Joanna Cherry – announced they were leaving the LGBTQ+ rights group, the said BBC.
Anneliese Dodds, Labor Party leader and Shadow Equality Secretary, called the comments “disgraceful” and called on the Prime Minister to take “action” against Blunt.
The government “distanced itself” from the comments, it said Sky news. Armed Forces Secretary James Heappey told the broadcaster the comments were “not something the government associates with,” adding, “All of us who believe in the judicial system and the rule of law must respect this ruling.”
Blunt has since apologized and retracted his testimony, saying it was not his intention to “raise significant uproar and concern, not least among sex crime victims.”
He resigned as leader of the LGBTQ+ rights group, adding: “To be clear, I do not condone any form of abuse and I firmly believe in the independence and integrity of the justice system.”
The Khan case
ITV’s Harry Horton, who attended Khan’s trial, tweeted that Blunt only attended the defense and summary. “He was not present to see any of the prosecution witnesses. The victim and his parents broke down in tears several times while testifying about the attack and its aftermath,” he said.
The court heard how Khan tried to force the boy to drink gin, groping his legs and trying to reach his groin before later attempting to “gaslight” the victim, he reported itv. The incident was reported to police the next day, but the victim told the jury he “wanted everyone to shut up and go away,” and did not press charges at the time.
Khan, who will be sentenced at a later date, plans to appeal the verdict.
From Wellington to Reigate
Born in 1960, Blunt attended Wellington College, studied politics at the University of Durham and later earned an MBA from Cranfield University School of Management. For 11 years he was an army officer with the 13./18. Royal Hussars and resigned his mandate in 1990 to run for Parliament. It was not until 1997 that he was elected MP for Reigate.
When the Conservatives returned to government in a coalition with the Lib Dems in 2010, Blunt announced that he had separated from his wife and “come to terms with his sexuality,” he reported The guard back then.
Under David Cameron, he became Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Justice Department, served as Prisons Secretary and was Chairman of the House of Commons Special Committee on Foreign Affairs from 2015 to 2017. He later co-chaired the parliamentary groups on Drug Policy Reform and Humanism and London’s Green Belt. His website also describes him as an “enthusiastic cricketer”.
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