Labour Party suspends Lord Ahmed
Labour has suspended Lord Nazir Ahmed from the party after his alleged call for a £10m bounty for the capture of President Obama and President Bush, PoliticsHome can reveal.
Reports from Pakistan suggest the peer made the comments at a conference in Haripur in Pakistan after a $10m reward was offered by the US for information leading to the capture of suspected Islamic terrorist Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.
A Labour Party spokesman told PoliticsHome: "We have suspended Lord Ahmed pending investigation.
"If these comments are accurate we utterly condemn these remarks which are totally unacceptable. The international community is rightly doing all in its power to seek justice for the victims of the Mumbai bombings and halt terrorism."
The spokesman also confirmed that Lord Ahmed's previous suspension from the party had been lifted when his conviction for text messaging while driving was overturned.
Pakistan's Express Tribune reported: "'If the U.S. can announce a reward of $10 million for the [capture] of Hafiz Saeed, I can announce a bounty of £10 million [for the capture of] President Obama and his predecessor, George Bush,' Lord Nazir said, adding that he would arrange the bounty at any cost, even if he was left with the option of selling all his personal assets, including his house."
Lord Ahmed has denied the reports, telling the Press Association: “I never said those words. I did not offer a bounty. I said that there have been war crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan and those people who have got strong allegations against them – George W Bush and Tony Blair have been involved in illegal wars and should be brought to justice. I do not think there’s anything wrong with that.”