British Conservative lawmaker accused of sexual assault | World news

LONDON (Reuters) – A lawmaker in Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has been charged with sexual assault, prosecutors said on Friday, an allegation he denied.

Imran Ahmad Khan, who represents the constituency of Wakefield in the north of England, is charged with a sexual assault offense, linked to an incident in 2008, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said in a statement.

“The CPS ruled that Mr Khan should be charged after examining an evidence file from Staffordshire Police,” said Rosemary Ainslie, head of Special Crime. “The PSC reminds all concerned that the criminal proceedings against Mr. Khan are active and that he is entitled to a fair trial.”

Khan, who won his parliamentary seat in the opposition Labor Party in the 2019 election, said the allegation 13 years ago was “denied in the strongest terms”.

“This matter moves me deeply and of course I take it very seriously,” he said in a statement. “To be accused of doing something I didn’t do is shocking, unsettling and traumatic. I am innocent.”

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(Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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