‘Victim A’ statement accepted onto legal record in full as Labour right-winger’s legal team opts not to put witness on stand for cross-examination
The tribunal case brought by whistleblower Elaina Cohen against right-wing former Labour front-bencher Khalid Mahmood – against whom Keir Starmer never took action despite repeated complaints including racism, theft and more – took a dramatic turn on Friday as Mahmood’ s legal team chose to allow a damning witness statement by the victim of one of Mahmood’s staff to enter the legal record without challenge.
Normally, if a witness does not appear on the stand a judge can only place limited weight on their statement as it has not been challenged under cross-examination. However, because in this case it was the decision Mahmood’s team not to challenge a statement against him – presumably for fear of worse damage if she took the stand – the whole statement of ‘Victim A’ is now a matter of legal record with the full weight of its allegations.
Whilst befriending them she would find out their weaknesses and secrets and then would blackmail and exploit them for her own benefit and amusement and that of others.Part of Victim A’s evidence about a Mahmood staffer. Mahmood faces claims that he sacked a whistleblower rather than act.
The damning statement falls into two main parts: serious allegations against a member of Mahmood’s staff, often backed by WhatsApp messages – and details of how Mahmood, once informed of the allegations, not only took no action but dismissed the witness as ‘a fake’ without even talking to her, after failing to turn up at a meeting arranged to discuss them.
Victim A told the court via her unchallenged statement that Mahmood’s female staffer, with whom he was said to be in a relationship:
- used a domestic violence charity she ran to blackmail domestic violence victims into shoplifting and giving her their social security benefits
- made victims take speeding points on their licence that they did not incur
- sadistically abused victims
- made the chief executive of the charity suicidal by blackmailing her and taunting her
- targeted Victim A on social media
- revealed details of the charity’s vulnerable ‘service users’ to others
- used her and other women from the now-defunct charity ‘for the private entertainment of important people’
- introduced one victim to a male friend who hurt the woman, ‘but she didn’t care’
- berated two victims for stealing the wrong jacket from a local department store
- made victims fund meals for local Labour politicians
- made victims ‘stalk’ Mahmood and report back on him
- mocked Mahmood as an ‘ugly fat pig’
- must have been in control of Mahmood for him to take no action
Victim A related how she shook as she related this information to Ms Cohen, a former Mahmood staffer, including a recording of the charity’s former CEO making her own accusations against Mahmood’s employee. However, when Cohen and a friend arranged a meeting between Victim A and Mahmood so that she could relate her information and pass on evidence, Mahmood didn’t turn up:
On February 14, 2020, I met with Majid Khan and Elaina Cohen at a venue in Birmingham. He was called on his mobile in my presence by Majid Khan and asked if he was still intending on coming.
At this time, it was my intention to show him the ‘Bigger, Better A team’ messages on my phone and tell him everything.
We waited several hours but he didn’t show, and I left. I was very disappointed to learn later that he still thought I was a fake.
By calling me a fake he did not just disrespect me, but he also called me a liar. And he was [calling] Majid Khan and Elaina Cohen liars. How could he call me a fake when he didn’t turn up to find out this for himself?
What really hurt me was he is meant to be an member of parliament , a pillar of the community supporting especially vulnerable people and he did not even take the time out to meet me when it had been prior arranged and he had agreed to come.
I took time out. It took me a lot to want to see him and trust him .
I just thought this was finally a way to resolve this situation. I built up my hopes to finally face Khalid Mahmood and tell him what I knew and what had happened to me.
Only to be told I am a fake is absolutely disgusting and the fact also that he sacked Elaina Cohen without hearing the truth from the victims .
Ms Cohen has taken the MP to the tribunal claiming that he sacked her because she would not keep quiet about these and other ‘protected disclosures’ and kept demanding that he take action.
Cohen has also accused Mahmood personally of theft from a local charity, taking money from the Kuwaiti embassy and others and ignoring her complaints of racism. Mahmood denied those allegations when approached by Skwawkbox.
Emails obtained by Skwawkbox showed that both party leader Keir Starmer and general secretary David Evans were repeatedly made aware of the accusations against Mahmood but took no action, leaving Mahmood on Starmer’s front bench until Mahmood eventually resigned over what he said were political differences.
The case continues, with Mahmood scheduled to give evidence on Monday if his side fails to reach a settlement before then, after a ‘sick note’ attempt to delay the proceedings failed.
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