Former Labour peer Lord Ahmed, 61, arrives at court charged with two attempted rapes of girl and indecent assault on boy under 13
- The Rotherham-based peer, 61, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates Court today
- Was charged under name Nazir Ahmed along with two other men from the town
- The alleged offences date back to the 1970s when Lord Ahmed was a teenager
- Mohamed Farouq, 68, and Mohammed Tariq, 63, face indecent assault charges
Lord Ahmed, 61, (seen outside Sheffield Magistrates Court today) was charged earlier this month with two counts of attempted rape and one count of indecent assault
Lord Ahmed has arrived at court charged with two attempted rapes of a girl and an indecent assault on a boy under 13.
The Rotherham-based peer, 61, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates Court in a white shirt, black suit and tie.
Police said he was charged under the name Nazir Ahmed along with two other men from the South Yorkshire town.
Mohamed Farouq, 68, is charged with four counts of indecent assault; and Mohammed Tariq, 63, faces two counts of indecent assault.
The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed the charges against Ahmed relate to two complainants – a boy and a girl – and to alleged incidents in the early 1970s, when he was a teenager.
The indecent assault charge relates to a ‘boy under 13’.
Ahmed was born in Pakistan-governed Kashmir but his political roots are in Rotherham, where he grew up and still lives.
Educated locally, he joined the Labour Party at 18 and served for a decade on Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.
After studying at Sheffield Hallam University, he ran a chain of shops in his home town and became a property developer.
He was made a life peer in 1998 and made regular appearances in the media, where he was often called on to comment on issues facing British Muslims.
Ahmed resigned from the Labour Party in 2013.
All three men are due to appear at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court.
Mohamed Farouq, 68, is charged with four counts of indecent assault; and Mohammed Tariq, 63, faces two counts of indecent assault. Pictured: Sheffield Magistrates Court today
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