‘Labour activist’s son was attacked’

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A LIBERAL Democrat candidate’s two brothers and brother-in-law attacked a Labour activist’s son the day after a stormy political meeting, a court heard.

The alleged assault happened after Jahangir Aziz – the Lib Dem candidate for City & Hunslet in May’s council elections – was ejected from the meeting at Beeston’s Hamara centre.

Magistrates at Leeds heard father-of-four Mahmood Rauf, 31, was allegedly punched in the head outside his home in Cross Flatts Avenue, Beeston, just after 7pm on Monday April 11. Mr Aziz’s brothers Imran, 36, and Irfan, 31, and his brother-in-law Salik Miah, 31, of Morley, are on trial charged with assaulting Mr Aziz.

It is claimed the brothers fromm Beeston held Mr Rauf while Miah punched him while holding a metal object, which Mr Rauf told the court “could have been a knuckleduster.”

Giving evidence, Mahmood Rauf said the three men pulled up outside his house on Cross Flatts Avene, Beeston, as he was getting in to his car, when Imran Aziz told him: “You don’t know me, I will chop your head off, I will blow your house up.”

Mr Rauf said his father Mohammed had organised the Labour Party meeting to discuss shortage of space at the Muslim Cemetery in Cottingley. Liberal Democrat Jahangir Aziz, 46, attended the meeting with his two brothers Irfan and Imran.

Mr Rauf said after his father had finished speaking, Jahangir Aziz started to talk. “He stood up, calling my father a liar. I asked him to leave. That’s when he told me to shut up and said ‘I will sort you out later.’ Three or four people took him out of the meeting.”

Giving evidence Mohammed Rauf said he also asked Jahangir Aziz to leave the meeting and told magistrates he witnessed the attack the day after.

Phillip Axon for Ifran Aziz said: “What you have explained to the court today didn’t happen and it is your way of getting back at the Aziz family for the Hamara Centre.”

Mr Rauf said: “Everything I’ve said is true.” Reading from Salik Miah’s statement to police, prosecutor Ben Moore said: “The defendant stated he was approached by the complainant, who had a tyre iron, and punched him once in self defence.”


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