Qatar driver in high-speed crash with UK politician

Baroness Billingham’s car was thrown across three lanes after driver ran a red light
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By Shane McGinley
Sun 14 Jul 2013 04:17 PM

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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