Qatar driver in high-speed crash with UK politician

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A driver for the Qatar Embassy in London was charged with reckless driving and will appear in court this week after he allegedly ran a red traffic light and was involved in a high speed crash with a car driven by a British politician.

Baroness Angela Billingham had to be cut from the wreckage after the collision flung her Toyota Prius car 30 ft across three lanes of busy central London traffic.

“I am making a recovery – it was a hell of a shock. I should be dead, make no bones about it,” the 73-year old Baroness, who is a member of the UK’s House of Lords and the Labour party’s spokesperson on culture, media and sport, told the Daily Mail newspaper.

Insurers said the driver of the people carrier, named as Jemal Mohammed Amin, worked as part of the Qatar Embassy’s transport staff in London.

Amin is accused of failing to stop at a red traffic light and has been charged with driving without due care and attention and is due to appear before City of London Magistrates’ Court this week, the report said.

An embassy spokesman told the newspaper: “The driver is not an embassy driver. He works for a car hire company so it’s nothing to do with us.” However, Amin’s wife told the newspaper her husband was a driver for the Qatari embassy.

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Posted by: Mark Williams

''However, Amin?s wife told the newspaper her husband was a driver for the Qatari embassy''

I am sure our police and courts will find out just exactly who this driver is and who he works for.

Thats the beauty of a democratic society and believe me because this has involved one of our politicians this will be thoroughly investigated and NOT covered up because someone has favour.

It could have been any embassy and any nationality lets not forget that.

Posted by: Saudi Engineer

Just to explain my own point a bit further, I do think this driver should be punished to the full extent of the law, regardless of his nationality or religion. Rules is rules...

But let's try to keep a level head about it, and not make presumtuous or racist statements please.

Posted by: Anon

Maybe a little sharia type punishment should be applied to this Qatari? And before his government arranges his exit back to Doha in the middle of the night.

Posted by: RAH

...Not before your government needs to send you back to school and help get you some further education: Where, oh where, in this article was the nationality mentioned?

Posted by: Qatari

Which Qatari ? and what punishment ? Another ignorant AB reader, get some glasses dude.

Posted by: Saudi Engineer

I wonder does the ignorance of your comment reflect the person who wrote it? I would be lead to believe that in addition to the ignorance of the comment, there are underlying tones of racism as well.

Let me point out that there is no "sharia type punishment" for crossing a red light. Maybe we should apply a french type punishment and cut off his internet? Or if you would prefer we could exile him to Elba. Or we could just send him to France, that would be punishment enough.

Posted by: Billy

Qatari, the bottom line is that a Qatari driver tried to use his normal Middle East driving style in Central London and caused an almost fatal car accident. Biggest difference - in the UK he will receive the appropriate punishment and not be able to use his passport to shift the blame onto the other driver. It does not matter what his job is - he is a stupid, reckless driver who should be banned from the roads.

Posted by: RAH

"Qatari, the bottom line is that a Qatari driver tried to use his normal Middle East driving style in Central London...he is a stupid, reckless driver who should be banned from the roads."

And you should be banned from writing comments online and exposing your low intellect. Where does the article mention anything about nationality? Or are you just hyper on sugar and decided the article implied Qatari and its high time you lift your fingers to type away some nonsense garbage?

READ PROPERLY PEOPLE before jumping to a conclusion! No where does this article say he is a national of Qatar!!

Posted by: James

I, more often than not, disagree with what Qatari writes, but on this occasion he is spot on. The article does not state that the driver is Qatari. I would have thought it unlikely that a Qatar National , unless it is cover for other other activities, would be employed as a mere driver...

Posted by: Qatari

?The driver is not an embassy driver. He works for a car hire company so it?s nothing to do with us.? However, Amin?s wife told the newspaper her husband was a driver for the Qatari embassy.

Bravo Shane McGinley, light this comment section up by relating anything about 'reckless driving' with Qatar. You completely ignored what the official job of the driver was as the Embassy of Qatar has stated and took what the wife said to be the official occupation.

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