A former UKIP spokesman was the leader of a kidnapping gang in Pakistan, it has been revealed.
Mujeeb ur Rehman Bhutto was the boss of a gang that carried out a high-profile kidnapping in Karachi in 2004, which saw Bhutto take a £56,000 ransom payment.
In 2005, Bhutto was jailed for seven years after admitting he was behind the kidnapping.
He joined UKIP in 2011 and regularly appeared as UKIP’s Commonwealth spokesman, as a party representative in the media and organised canvassing during the 2012 Rotherham by-election.
Bhutto was granted political asylum in the UK in 2008, as he would risk being hanged if he was tried in Pakistan, he said.
“I have the power to give you such torture that you won’t forget it for the rest of your life,” Bhutto said in calls to the father of someone he had kidnapped that were recorded by Pakistani police, according to the BBC.
He also threatened to behead his kidnapping victim.