Britain’s Labor Party Suspends Peer for Obama ‘Bounty’
London. Britain’s Labor Party has suspended peer Nazir Ahmed over reports that he offered a 10 million pound ($15.9 million) bounty for the capture of US President Barack Obama.
The Lord also offered a similar incentive for the capture of former US President George W. Bush in response to a US reward for the capture of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, who founded the extremist group Lashkar-e-Taiba, according to Pakistan’s Express Tribune newspaper.
Saeed is wanted on suspicion of involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in which 166 people were killed.
“We have suspended Lord Ahmed pending investigation,” a Labor spokeswoman said.
“If these comments are accurate, we utterly condemn these remarks which are totally unacceptable.”
Ahmed was appointed to the House of Lords in 1998 and apparently made the offer during a speech in Haripur, Pakistan, on Friday.
He called the US reward “an insult to all Muslims,” according to the Pakistani news report.
“If the US can announce a reward of $10 million for the capture of Hafiz Saeed, I can announce a bounty of 10 million pounds on President Obama and his predecessor George Bush,” he is reported to have said.
Ahmed denied the comments but spoke out against Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which have claimed the lives of more than 100,000 civilians. Some estimates put the figure at more than 1 million people.
“I did not offer a bounty. I said that there have been war crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan and those people have got strong allegations against them. George W. Bush and Tony Blair have been involved in illegal wars and should be brought to justice,” he said from Pakistan.
“If the Labor Party want to suspend me I will deal with the Labor Party. They will have to give me some evidence.”