Ex-councillor Faraz Bhatti cleared of threat to kill charge

Faraz Bhatti Faraz Bhatti represented Manchester's Whalley Range

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A former Conservative councillor has been cleared of threatening to kill his wife and her family.

Faraz Bhatti, 37, who sat on Manchester City Council, was found not guilty of two charges by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday.

Mr Bhatti had denied putting his wife, Mazamil Bashir, in fear of violence and assaulting her by beating.

A jury cleared him of both charges after less than three hours of deliberations.

Ms Bashir, repeatedly broke down in tears as she earlier told a court how Mr Bhatti had allegedly abused her, threatened to kill her and threatened to burn her parents' house down.

Mr Bhatti, who began his career as a Liberal Democrat councillor before joining the Conservatives, did not stand for re-election to Manchester's Whalley Range ward this year as he had been suspended by the Conservative Party following the allegations.

A spokesman for the Conservative Party said the issue of Mr Bhatti's membership would be looked at again in light of his acquittal.

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