A court in the United Kingdom has found Member of Parliament (MP) Imran Ahmad Khan guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy at a house in Staffordshire in January 2008.
After five hours of deliberation, the jury at the Southwark Crown Court in London convicted Khan, 48, after hearing that he forced the boy to drink gin and tonic at a party, dragged him upstairs, asked him to watch pornography, then groped him in a bunk bed.
The boy, now 28, told the court that he reported the incident to the police, but did not want to make a formal complaint at the time. He returned to the police when he found out that Khan was standing as an MP in the 2019 general election.
The complainant also said that he was not “taken very seriously” when he made the allegation to the Conservative Party press office days before Khan was elected as Wakefield MP.
The judge, Justice Baker, said he would sentence Khan at a later date.
If Khan receives a sentence of over a year, he will automatically be disqualified from being an MP.
If Khan receives a sentence of less than a year, he could face a recall petition to oust him.
A member of Khan’s legal team said that he would appeal his conviction “as soon as possible.”
Khan tried and failed to ban press reporting of the case and to have the age of his victim withheld.
The Labor Party and Conservative MP Robbie Moore urged Khan to immediately resign to trigger a by-election in his Wakefield constituency in West Yorkshire.
“Imran Ahmad Khan should immediately resign so a by-election can take place and the people of Wakefield can get the representation they deserve,” a Labor Party spokesperson said.
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