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COURT: Second Labour Councillor Charged With Perverting the Course of Justice



Mohammad Sarwar, a Labour ward councillor for the Crosland Moor and Netherton ward on Kirklees Council, has appeared in Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court charged with lying to police.

Sarwar retired in March after 24 years in office, after being caught allegedly trying to deceive police to avoid a speeding offence.

The former Councillor is charged with conspiring together with relative Naeem Sarwar to commit ‘a series of acts’ on June 20, of last year.

These acts include providing false details and documentation to police regarding a speeding offence.

The 63-year-old appeared alongside Naeem Sarwar, 21, in court on Monday.


Neither men indicated a plea and were released under unconditional bail.

They will next appear at Bradford Crown Court on Tuesday, October 4.

This isn’t the first time that Mr. Sarwar has fallen foul of the law.

In 2004, while serving as a Liberal Democrat Councillor before joining the Labour Party, he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a 39-year-old woman.

Former Labour Councillor Mohammad Sarwar (CREDIT: Kirklees Council).

Former Labour Councillor Mohammad Sarwar (CREDIT: Kirklees Council).

In July of this year, Batley East Labour Councillor Fazila Loonat was sent to prison after committing a similar offence.

Loonat was arrested with her partner Afshin Amini after being caught by a speed camera driving her Mercedes car at 39mph on Huddersfield Road, Dewsbury in July 2020.


The road had a 30mph limit, and the Councillor could have easily paid a fine and received minimal points on her licence – but when Loonat received a notice of intended prosecution at their home in Church Walk, Staincliffe, the paperwork was returned to the authorities naming a “fictitious” driver with a bogus date of birth who was said to live at an address in Dewsbury.

Loonat eventually pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and today was jailed for 14 weeks, with her partner Amini sentenced to 12 weeks.

The incidents mimic the fall of disgraced Peterborough Labour MP Fiona Onasanya, who was sent to prison in 2019 after being caught lying that a Russian had been driving her car at the time that she was caught breaking the speed limit.

Onasanya became the first MP to wear an electronic tag in Parliament, and was subsequently given the boot by her constituents via a recall petition.

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