Keighley UKIP candidate is ‘shocked’ by news a former party spokesman was behind a kidnapping (From Keighley News)
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Keighley UKIP candidate is ‘shocked’ by news a former party spokesman was behind a kidnapping
Updated 10:17am Tuesday 11th February 2014 in Keighley
UKIP’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Keighley said he was “shocked” to hear a former party spokesman was behind a kidnapping.
Paul Latham was responding to news Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Bhutto, who has since resigned from the party, was part of a gang that led a high-profile kidnapping in Pakistan in 2004.
The BBC revealed this week Bhutto, from Leeds, was jailed for seven years by a UK court in 2005, after admitting being the leader of the kidnap gang.
Mr Latham said: “I’ve met him before while campaigning locally, but never had a conversation with him in terms of his background. I found him to be perfectly charming, so all this is a complete revelation to me. “He spoke at the Hilton Hotel in Bradford last September.”
Bhutto, 35, was forced to repay a £56,000 ransom payment when he appeared in court.