LONDON - A British politician on Tuesday denied offering a 10 million pound ($16 million) reward for the capture of US President Barack Obama, an allegation reported then later retracted by Pakistan's Express Tribune newspaper.
Nazir Ahmed, a member of parliament's upper chamber and a long-time member of Britain's opposition Labour party, said he was deliberately misquoted during a recent speech in an effort by political enemies in Pakistan to discredit him.
"I never mentioned Obama and I never mentioned a bounty. I do not support terrorism and would never urge anybody to attack someone or capture someone," Ahmed, who was suspended by the Labour party pending an investigation, told Reuters.
The Express Tribune newspaper, affiliated with the International Herald Tribune - the global edition of the New York Times - on Tuesday said Ahmed did not say the word "bounty" or Obama's name and that its earlier story was incorrect.
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