British MP Imran Ahmad Khan found guilty of sexually abusing teen
A British lawmaker was found guilty on Monday of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy after trying to force him to drink alcohol before assaulting him.
Imran Ahmad Khan, 48, who represents the Wakefield area in northern England as an MP, had denied the allegation but was convicted of assaulting the boy at a house in 2008.
Having been suspended by the Conservatives pending the outcome of the trial, the party has now "expelled [Ahmad Khan] with immediate effect".
The victim decided not to proceed with a complaint at the time, but when Ahmad Khan was elected to parliament in 2019, he pursued the case.
"In subsequent interviews with the police he was able to tell investigators more about what had taken place and I am pleased that the jury have accepted the victim’s compelling evidence about the offence committed by [Imran Ahmad] Khan," said Rosemary Ainslie from Britain's Crown Prosecution Service.
His conviction could trigger an election for his parliamentary seat, which he captured from the opposition Labour Party in 2019, as anyone who receives a jail sentence of more than 12 months is automatically disqualified from being a member of parliament.
Labour said he should resign immediately.