MP says case, rather than accusations, driven by malice
Apsana Begum has issued a statement following her acquittal on wrongful charges of housing fraud. The MP thanked her legal team and her supporters for their help through her ordeal and highlighted again the domestic abuse she had survived, which played a key role in the case against her.
And she condemned the ‘vexatious’ charges, saying that the case had been ‘driven by malice’:
The original accusations against Ms Begum are understood to have come from a relative of her former husband. But she did not say merely that the accusations were malicious, but the entire case against her, including the decision to push the charges as far as criminal trial.
At the time of writing Keir Starmer, a former Director of Public Prosecutions, had still not publicly congratulated her on her acquittal or commiserated with her on her ordeal, despite finding time to tweet about Britain’s Olympic medals.
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