Crispin Blunt doubles his defense against Tory MP for sex offender

Crispin Blunt has reiterated his defense of Imran Ahmad Khan, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in 2008. (Photo: Anthony Devlin – PA Images via Getty Images)

Crispin Blunt has reiterated his defense of Imran Ahmad Khan, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in 2008. (Photo: Anthony Devlin – PA Images via Getty Images)

Ex-minister has doubled down on his defense of sex offender’s disgraced Tory MP Imran Ahmad Khanclaiming that he did not receive a “fair trial”.

Khan, the former MP for Wakefield, was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy earlier this month, a decision that prompted his resignation from the seat and an upcoming by-election.

Former justice minister Crispin Blunt sparked controversy when he defended Khan immediately after his conviction, saying he had been the victim of an “appalling miscarriage of justice”.

Following a Blunt outcry then apologized and withdrew his statementsaying he “did not condone any form of abuse and I strongly believe in the independence and integrity of the judiciary”.

However, despite then offering his resignation as chairman of an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on LGBT issues, Blunt has now backtracked and defended his initial comments.

In an interview with BBC One’s Politics South East on Sunday, Blunt said: “I didn’t know Imran – I knew him in the first weeks of 2019 and 2020 and really enjoyed his company and I I could well see why he’d be a terrific parliamentarian with a huge contribution to make.

Blunt admitted he didn’t attend the whole trial, but said: ‘I know what decisions were made during the trial, which means in my opinion he didn’t have a trial. fair or anything like that.”

Pressed to find out if he still believes that is the case, he said, “Yeah, I do.”

When asked if he thought he knew more than the jury, he replied: “Yes, of course, because a good part of the trial took place without the presence of the jury.”

He added that it remained in his view that he had seen “a serious miscarriage of justice”.

“Of course, the legal process is not over, because … Imran has the possibility to appeal the conviction,” he continued.

“And I remain very confident that justice worthy of the name will restore his reputation.

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Earlier this month, Blunt also revealed that he would resign as MP for Reigate in the next elections after 25 years in parliament.

Southwark Crown Court heard how Khan forced his 15-year-old victim to drink gin and tonic, dragged him upstairs in the house they were staying, pushed him onto a bed and asked him of watching pornography before the attack on a Staffordshire home in January 2008.

Khan eventually resign as MP earlier this month, triggering a by-election in Wakefield which he won from Labor in the 2019 general election.

The contest will take place on June 23, as will a separate by-election in Tiverton and Honiton following Neil Parish’s decision to resign following revelations he watched pornography on his phone in the House of Commons bedroom.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost United Kingdom and has been updated.