British Parliament suspends Indian deputy Keith Vaz for 6 months

LONDON: Keith Vaz , one of the oldest parliamentarians of Indian origin in Britain, was suspended by the United Kingdom Parliament for six months after it was discovered that he had expressed his willingness to buy cocaine for prostitutes.

The parliamentarians approved the suspension on Thursday after concluding in their report that the 62-year-old Goan Labor Party MP for Leicester East had ignored the law when he expressed his willingness to buy cocaine for prostitutes.

In a report written earlier this week, the Commons control agency said there was convincing evidence that Vaz was evasive or useless during an investigation into his conduct.

The Labor Party said it accepted the recommendation for suspension and described it as a sad day for us.

Formerly, secretary of the home shadow of work Diane Abbott He had said Vaz should stay aside as a party candidate for Leicester East, the position he has held since 1987, in the December 12 elections.

I think he should accept not to be a candidate. It has been a very sad subject, not only for him but for his family and his children, he said.

The president of the Committee of Norms of the Parliament, said that she had written to ask the Leader of the House in the next Parliament to present the suspension again, if Vaz is re-elected, so that he has to serve the full six months.

Vaz issued a statement shortly after the report, saying he had been admitted to the hospital due to health problems.

He said he has been suffering from a serious mental health condition for the past three years as a result of the events and insisted that he cooperated fully with the parliamentary investigation.

Mr. Vaz strongly rejects the allegation that he has not cooperated with the investigation: on the contrary, he considers that the system of standards has the highest respect and highest respect, said his statement.

The deputy had been caught in a scandal about his private life in 2016 after the headlines of the newspapers that linked him with male escorts. At that time, he had issued a public apology and resigned as head of the influential Internal Affairs Committee of the House of Commons.