Et medlem av Overhuset i Storbritannia er suspendert fra Labour etter sigende å ha utlovet 10 millioner pund i belønning til den eller de som tar president Barack Obama og George Bush til fange.
Lord Ahmed Nazir skal ha uttalt dette under et besøk i Pakistan, som reaksjon på at USA har utlovet 10 millioner dollar i belønning til den eller de som gir opplysninger som fører til at lederen av Lashkar e-Taiba blir pågrepet.
According to Pakistan’s Express Tribune, Lord Nazir Ahmed was reacting to the US decision to offer a $10m reward for Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the founder of the islamist terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
The militant Pakistani group has been accused of orchestrating the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks which killed 174 people.
Lord Ahmed is reported to have told an audience in Pakistan last Friday: “If the US can announce a reward of $10 million for the captor of Hafiz Saeed, I can announce a bounty of 10 million pounds on President Obama and his predecessor George Bush.»
However speaking to the Press Association from Pakistan he denied the allegations. «I never said those words,» he said.
«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,» he said – adding that he was equally concerned that anyone suspected of terrorism should face justice as well.
A Labour Party spokesman told Politics Home prior to the denial: «We have suspended Lord Ahmed pending investigation.»
Lord Ahmed var den første muslimske representanten i parlamentet. Saken er uhyre pinlig for Labour.
Det er ikke første gang Lord Ahmed flagger sterke meninger. Så sent som i 2007 kritiserte han at Salman Rushdie ble adlet og sa at Blair hadde «blod på hendene».
Pakistan born Lord Ahmed was made Britain’s first muslim peer in 1998 and is no stranger to controversy. In 2007 he criticised Tony Blair’s decision to award author Salman Rushdie a Knighthood, saying he had «blood on his hands».
George Galloway fra partiet Respect mener Labour begår selvmord i forhold til muslimske velgere.
On Monday Respect MP George Galloway said that Labour’s decision to suspend Lord Ahmed was «suicide» and suggested the peer defect to his party.
«I think the suspension of Lord Nazir Ahmed indicates that New Labour is on some sort of suicide mission so far as the Muslim vote goes,» he said.