May 2022

Former Tory MP Imran Ahmad Khan jailed for 18 months over sexual assault of teenage boy

Former Conservative MP Imran Ahmad Khan has been jailed for 18 months over the sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy.

The 48-year-old forced the boy to drink gin and tonic, pushed him on to a bed and asked him to watch pornography before the attack at a house in Staffordshire in January 2008.

The victim, now 29, said he was left feeling “scared, vulnerable, numb, shocked and surprised” after Khan, then 34, touched his feet and legs, coming within “a hair’s breadth” of his privates, as he went to sleep in a top bunkbed following a party

Khan, who was elected as a Tory MP for Wakefield in 2019, denied sexual assault and continues to maintain his innocence after being convicted by a jury.

Sentencing him at Southwark crown court to 18 months in prison this afternoon, Mr Justice Baker said Khan had not shown any remorse.

“Rather, I’m satisfied any regret you feel is only to yourself, having found yourself in the predicament you now find yourself as a result of your actions 14 years ago.”

Khan displayed little emotion as he was led away to the cells, wheeling behind him a suitcase of possessions as well as a shopping bag from the upmarket Dr Harris & Co perfumers in St James’s.

Khan was expelled from the Conservative Party in the wake of his conviction and he stepped down as an MP, triggering a by-election in Wakefield.

The victim did not make a police report at the time of the attack, but came forward after Khan emerged victorious from the 2019 General Election.

The judge said the assault may have stayed buried forever except for the publicity around his Parliamentary campaign, when the victim felt he would “have to face the fact you still existed and he couldn’t bury it any longer.”

“Because of this assault, throughout my teenage years I found being touched in any way difficult”, said the victim in court, outlining the last impact on his personal life.

“My mental health has declined rapidly since deciding to come forward, having to relive constantly relive everything I tried to bury for such a long time.”

His family have struggled with guilty for letting “that man” into the home, he said, glancing at Khan in the dock.

“I have had my own assault pantomimed back to me on the stand, being called a liar”, he added, saying he has struggled with suicidal thoughts.

Khan, who is gay and a Muslim, denied sexual assault, claiming he only touched the Catholic teenager’s elbow when he “became extremely upset” after a conversation about his confused sexuality.

He said he was trying to be “kind” and “helpful” but the teenager became upset and “bolted” when the topic of pornography was raised.

However the judge said Khan had circled the bunk bed in a bid to carry out the sexual assault, giving the boy gin and tonic to try to further his intentions, and left the victim “crying inconsolably” in his parents’ bed after he had “bolted” to get away.

Gudrun Young QC, for Khan, said the disgraced politician had been spat at in the street, shunned by the community, and may never work again.

“His life has effectively been in freefall”, she said. “Everything he has ever worked for and achieved in his life has gradually been stripped from him, culminating of course in his conviction.”

She said Khan had given unchallenged evidence in the trial that he was unaware the victim was under the age of 16, but had still be branded a “paedophile”.

“He has been plunged into the deepest pit of ignominy and shame”, she added.

“He has been expelled from the Conservative Party, expelled from his local faith group, lifelong friends have shunned him, he has face the violence and abuse of social media, and strangers have come up and spat at him in the street.”

April 2022

Imran Ahmad Khan: MP guilty of sex assault on 15-year-old boy

Wakefield MP Imran Ahmad Khan has been expelled from the Conservative Party after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.

Khan had denied groping the schoolboy at a party in Staffordshire in January 2008 but was convicted after a trial

The victim told the court that he contacted the Conservative press office to tell them what happened.

The people he spoke to did not take him “very seriously”

Khan, 48, has said he intends to appeal against his conviction.

Following the verdict the Conservative Party said Khan, who was elected as Tory MP for Wakefield in 2019, had been “expelled with immediate effect”.

The court heard that Khan had gone to the boy’s bed and “reached in and touched his legs, reaching for, or actually touching, his groin”.

The complainant said the attack had left him “scared and shocked”.

In evidence, he said Khan had started “slow caressing” him and continued despite being asked to stop.

“His breathing was getting quite heavy and I kept pushing his hand away and pushing it back and it would keep coming,” the man said.

The court was told that police were called at the time but the teenager did not want to pursue the case.

The man, who cannot be named, contacted the Conservative party in 2019 after learning Mr Khan was standing in the general election.

He then called police after Mr Khan was elected to Parliament.

Jurors also heard from the complainant’s older brother, who said the MP had asked if he was “a true Scotsman” and lifted his kilt, before “lunging” at him at the same party.

Another witness described waking to find Khan performing a sex act on him after a party in Pakistan in 2010 where the pair had drunk whisky and smoked marijuana.

The MP was found guilty after about five hours of deliberations.

The judge, Mr Justice Baker, said he would sentence Khan at a date to be fixed and he warned him “all sentencing options, including immediate custody, are being considered by the court”.

Khan made no comment as he left the court, however, his solicitors later issued a statement saying he “maintains his innocence and will be appealing as soon as possible”.

Khan will be thrown out of the House of Commons if he is handed a prison sentence of more than a year, or he could face a recall petition to oust him.