A British MP faces trial over accusations he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy in 2008, it was revealed on Friday after reporting restrictions on the case have been partially lifted.
Imran Ahmad Khan, 47, who represents the northern English metropolis of Wakefield for the ruling Conservative get together, faces a single depend of sexual assault towards the person, who has authorized anonymity due to the character of the alleged offence.
The MP, who was elected in 2019, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday by way of video hyperlink and entered a not responsible plea.
In an announcement posted on Twitter on Friday, Khan confirmed an accusation had been made towards him however vehemently denied the allegation.
“May I make it clear from the outset that the allegation, which is from over 13 years in the past, is denied within the strongest phrases,” he wrote.
“This matter is deeply distressing to me and I, after all, take it extraordinarily critically.”
The MP described being accused of one thing he didn’t do was “stunning, destabilising and traumatic”.
“Those, like me, who’re falsely accused of such actions are within the troublesome place of getting to endure damaging and painful hypothesis till the case is concluded,” he stated, asking for privateness as he labored to clear his identify.
Chief Justice of the Peace Paul Goldspring granted Khan unconditional bail earlier than an look on the Old Bailey courtroom on July 15.
Khan is certainly one of a lot of northern Tory MPs who received seats within the 2019 election overturning a long time of dominance by the opposition Labour get together in its so-called “purple wall” constituencies, delivering a big Conservative majority on the again of help for Brexit.
Before getting into parliament, he labored for the United Nations as a particular assistant for political affairs in Mogadishu.
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