Saturday, July 8, 2017

UK: Sunni imam of Cardiff's Madina mosque jailed for 13 years for sexually abusing girls


"All four complainants were very brave indeed in overcoming not only personal but cultural barriers which they faced in making formal complaints and giving evidence against you."

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK Desk
Source/Credit: The Express Tribune
By News Desk | July 8, 2017

Mohammed Haji Saddique, an imam from Cardiff, UK has been convicted and jailed for 13 years after he sexually harassed four young girls in a mosque.

The 81-year-old would call students to sit next to him during Holy Quran classes and would sexually touch the girls also slap students repeatedly if they made mistakes while reciting the lessons.

According to court reports, he also had metal and wooden sticks which he would use to pick the students during lessons.

Saddique was teaching at Madina Mosque in Cardiff for more than 30 years and was convicted of 14 offences which includes six indecent assaults and eight sexual assaults, all of which took place between 1996 and 2006.

Judge Stephen Hopkins sent Saddique for 13 years and ordered him to register as a sex offender. “All four complainants were very brave indeed in overcoming not only personal but cultural barriers which they faced in making formal complaints and giving evidence against you,” the judge said.

“There is a darker, deviant side to you which this trial has exposed. This was a gross breach of trust – parents sending their young, female children to be taught the Holy Quran by you.”

During the trial, Saddique insisted the allegations against him were a conspiracy by other members of the mosque. The judge said he has “no idea” of the harm his actions have caused.


MORE: This story originally appeared on The Guardian.


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