Report: Labour probes lord over Obama bounty claim

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Posted: Apr 15, 2012 7:33 PM
Report: Labour probes lord over Obama bounty claim

Britain's Press Association and other British media say a Labour Party member of the House of Lords has been suspended while the party investigates reports that he offered a 10 million pound ($16 million) bounty for the capture of President Barack Obama.

Nazir Ahmed has denied making the comments, which were reported by press in Pakistan during a visit to that country.

An unnamed Labour spokeswoman told the Press Association on Sunday that the party would condemn the purported comments by Lord Ahmed if the investigation proves he made them.

The reports come days after the U.S. announced a $10 million bounty on Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, an Islamist who operates openly in Pakistan and founded the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.