Lord Ahmed of Rotherham has been charged with another alleged historic child sex offence at Sheffield Crown Court.
A former Labour councillor and magistrate elevated to the House of Lords as a life peer by Tony Blair in the 1990s, Pakistan-born Nazir Ahmed had already been charged with two counts of attempting to rape a girl under 16 and one count of indecently assaulting a boy under 14, between 1971 and 1974, at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court.
An additional charge of buggery against a boy under 11 has been added to his charge sheet at the higher Sheffield Crown Court, the Rotherham Advertiser reports.
Ahmed, of East Bawtry Road, Rotherham, has not entered any pleas during his hearings, but the BBC reports his lawyer, Haroon Shah, as saying he will be pleading not guilty to all of the charges against him.
Ahmed’s brother Mohamed Farouq, 68, of Worrygoose Lane, Rotherham, is also facing charges, and has pleaded not guilty to four counts of indecently assaulting a boy under 14 between 1968 and 1972.
Another brother, Mohammed Tariq, of Gerard Road, Rotherham, pleaded not guilty to two counts of indecently assaulting a boy under 14 between 1970 and 1972.
The trio have been granted unconditional bail ahead of a trial date, set several months from now on December 2nd.