BRITAIN’S Labour Party has suspended a Pakistan-born Muslim peer over reports he blamed a Jewish conspiracy for his imprisonment over a fatal car crash.
The Times newspaper said Nazir Ahmed, who was jailed for dangerous driving after sending text messages shortly before the accident, had attributed his prison sentence to pressure placed on British courts by Jews “who own newspapers and TV channels”.
He allegedly told a Pakistani television station that the judge who jailed him for 12 weeks was appointed after helping a “Jewish colleague” of former prime minister Tony Blair during a case, according to a translations of his Urdu language comments obtained by the newspaper.
“The Labour Party deplores and does not tolerate any sort of anti-Semitism. We are suspending Lord Ahmed pending an investigation,” a party spokesman said on Thursday.
Lord Ahmed was Britain’s first Muslim peer when he was appointed in 1998.
His car hit a stationary vehicle on a motorway in northern England on Christmas Day in 2007, killing the 28-year-old driver.
Ahmed pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and a judge sentenced him to 12 weeks in jail in 2009 after hearing he sent five text messages in the minutes before the crash.
The party suspended Ahmed in April 2012 over reports that he offered a STG10 million ($A14.5 million) bounty for the capture of US President Barack Obama and former president George W Bush.
He denied the comments and was later reinstated.