British-Nigerian Labour MP, Fiona Onasanya on Trial for Perverting Justice

Nigerian-born British Member of Parliament, Fiona Onasanya has been charged after allegedly lying about who was behind the wheel of a speeding vehicle.

Onasanya, who as a party whip is responsible for keeping her colleagues in line, is charged with two counts of perverting the course of justice while her brother Festus Onasanya faces three counts.

The Peterborough MP appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 12 July and the pair are due to appear in court again, at the Old Bailey, on 13 August.

She’s on trial for speeding offences on 24 July and 23 August last year, within her first few weeks as an MP.

The 34-year-old Labour MP, who last year won what was a key marginal seat, has previously said she wants to be Britain’s first black female prime minister.

Perverting the course of justice carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and/or a fine.

British law stipulates that if an MP is sentenced to a prison term a recall petition can be triggered which, if signed by 10% of voters in their constituency, would declare their seat vacant and lead to a by-election.

Her office has yet to comment on the trial.

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