LONDON - A British Muslim peer who caused outrage by blaming a Jewish conspiracy for his imprisonment over a fatal car crash offered an unreserved apology for his “unacceptable” remarks. Pakistan-born Nazir Ahmed was suspended from the opposition Labour party when the comments, made to a Pakistani TV station, were published in The Times newspaper earlier this month.

Speaking in Urdu, the 55-year-old had attributed a judge’s decision to jail him for dangerous driving four years ago to pressure from Jews “who own newspapers and TV channels”.

I completely and unreservedly apologise to the Jewish community, to the judiciary, to the newspaper owners,” Ahmed said in an interview with the Huffington Post in Britain.