- Councillor Abdul Aziz wanted over ‘revenge’ murder in Pakistan
- Conservative Party have confirmed arrest warrant is genuine
- But MP Andrew Stephenson still invited him to Downing Street
A man wanted in connection with a brutal murder has been brought to Downing Street and introduced to David Cameron by a Tory MP. Conservative councillor Abdul Aziz — accused of ordering a a ‘revenge killing’ in northern Pakistan — was brought to a party in Number 10 by East Lancashire MP Andrew Stephenson.
Cllr Aziz is one of four subjects of an arrest warrant over the murder of a man gunned down with a .44 calibre rifle and handgun in Gujrat province last year. He was invited to Downing Street by Stephenson despite widespread local knowledge of the killing and the local Tory party confirming that the warrant below is genuine.
Aziz has denied involvement and has claimed he wants to clear his name — but is refusing to visit Pakistan, knowing he could be arrested as he steps off the plane. Aziz boasted of meeting David Cameron and thanked Stephenson, who briefed the visit to the local press:
“I was proud to see the Prime Minister and enjoyed myself, really. I shook hands with him and he welcomed me.
“We had a great chat with Andrew Stephenson, too, and we thank him that he recommended us to be invited by the Prime Minister. It was great.”
— Andrew Stephenson MP (@Andrew4Pendle) October 28, 2013
The councillor joined the Conservatives from the Labour Party, where he had spent months on suspension as party bosses investigated the allegations. Yet despite the murky circumstances of his defection, Aziz was welcomed to the fold with an article on Conservative Home and a photo opportunity with Stephenson and MEP Sajjad Karim.
Relatives of the murdered man — who live in Andrew Stephenson’s Pendle constituency — are said to be distraught at the hospitality showered on Cllr Aziz by their MP when he has refused to answer the charges against him.
Stephenson refused to comment when Scrapbook rang him moments ago … Let’s see how far that approach gets him.
UPDATE: Stephenson’s East Lancashire neighbour Graham Jones MP is writing to Grant Shapps:
— Graham Jones MP (@GrahamJones_MP) November 4, 2013