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Councillor assault case dropped

Councillor Hassan Ahmed
Councillor Ahmed stepped down from his senior post during the inquiry

A Nottingham city councillor, questioned by police on suspicion of common assault and sexual assault, has had the case against him dropped.

Hassan Ahmed, who denied the allegations, was interviewed in July.

The Crown Prosecution Service said it concluded, after careful examination, there was "insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of a conviction".

The 58-year-old stepped down from his post as portfolio holder for employment and skills during the inquiry.

A spokesperson for the Nottinghamshire Crown Prosecution Service said: "We have carefully examined the evidence presented to us by the police and concluded that there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of a conviction.

"This being the case it would be inappropriate for any charges to be brought in this case."

'Malicious' allegations

In a statement, Hassan Ahmed's solicitor said: "Mr Ahmed had vehemently denied these allegations from the outset and the Crown Prosecution Service decision... completely exonerates him from any wrong doing.

"These were clearly malicious and wholly fabricated allegations and Mr Ahmed is currently taking legal advice with regards to potential redress and proceedings against the complainant.

"Mr Ahmed is relieved that this nightmare is finally over and he can now try to rebuild his life."

The city council has yet to confirm if he will resume his portfolio position, which he took up in May.

During the investigation Mr Ahmed continued to serve as Labour member for the Berridge ward.



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