Former Wakefield MP Imran Ahmad Khan has lost a Court of Appeal challenge against his conviction for sexual assault. The former Tory MP was jailed for 18 months at Southwark Crown Court in May after being found guilty of sexually assaulting the teenager after a party in 2008. Khan, who was expelled from the Conservative Party and resigned as a member of Parliament, denies the allegation.
Rejecting the appeal on Monday, judge Michael Seeney said he has “no doubt” Khan’s trial was fair.
Passing sentence in May, Mr Justice Baker said Khan displayed a “significant degree of brutality”.
He said: “The only regret you feel is towards yourself for having found yourself in the predicament you face as a result of your actions some 14 years ago.
“Although it may well be over the years you had let yourself believe you had got away with having committed this offense, I am sure you were aware from the outset there was a risk there would be a day of reckoning.”
The victim, who cannot be named came forward just days after Khan won his Wakefield seat in the 2019 General Election.
During his trial, the court heard that Khan forced the-then underage teenager to drink gin and tonic and asked him to watch pornography before the attack at a house in Staffordshire after a party in January 2008.
The victim said he was left feeling “scared, vulnerable, numb, shocked and surprised” after Khan, then 34, touched his feet and legs, coming within “a hair’s breadth” of his privates, as he went to sleep in a top bunk bed.
The court heard the victim was “inconsolable” when he ran to his parents after the attack.
A police report was made at the time, but no further action was taken because the boy did not want to make a formal complaint.
However, he told jurors “it all came flooding back” when he learned Khan was standing in the general election.
Khan’s lawyers argued that his conviction was “unsafe” because the case against him was “weak” and was bolstered by “bad character evidence” in the form of a man who alleged he had been sexually assaulted as an adult by Khan in Pakistan in 2010.
They also argued his jail term was too long for the offence and should have been suspended.