Former lord Nazir Ahmed’s ‘litany of child sex attacks went on for years’

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Nazir Ahmed, 64, repeatedly assaulted the children over a number of years, the jury was told. Formerly Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, he is accused of preying on the girl and boy in the 1970s.

The girl was aged under 16 at the time and the boy was aged under 11.

Prosecutor Tom Little said: “Those involved kept it buried away for many years.

“It is no longer buried away and no longer kept quiet as they have complained.”

He added: “This was not a single incident. It was not isolated and it was not innocent sexual experimentation by children. It was abuse, repeated abuse, plain and simple.”

Mr Little said an investigation was launched after the female accuser “had the courage to go to the police to make a complaint against a standing member of the House of Lords”.

Ahmed, who is no longer a member of the Lords, claims the allegations are “malicious fiction”, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

His two older brothers, Mohammed Farouq, 71, and Mohammed Tariq, 65, are also accused of indecently assaulting the boy, but both have been deemed unfit to stand trial.

The male accuser told police the abuse by the brothers began when he was at infants school.

Mr Little said a recording of an emotional phone conversation between the two accusers shows the allegations are not “made-up”.

In the recording, the woman tells the man: “What they did to you was utterly wrong and it’s time now to seek justice for the little boy who could not protect himself.”

She adds: “I’m not waiting any more. This is not just for me. It’s for you and for all the children Nazir Ahmed has abused and his brothers now. The police will look after you. They will believe you. They will take your allegations seriously. They are on your side. You are a victim.”

Sounding very upset, the man tells the woman: “I don’t want the b*****d to get away with it.” He adds: “I thought I was the only one.”

Ahmed, of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, denies two counts of attempted rape of a girl under 16. He also denies a serious sexual assault and indecent assault of a boy under 11.

He told police it seemed there was “an agenda behind the complaints” and he was concerned that if he responded to the allegations this would be “manipulated”.

The trial continues.

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