Muslim Cleric Accused Of Child Rape Runs UK's Largest Network Of Sharia Courts
West Midlands Police in the UK is investigating child abuse claims
A Muslim cleric who has been accused of child rape also runs Britain’s largest network of sharia courts, according to reports.
West Midlands Police in the UK is investigating claims that Sheikh Faiz-ul-Aqtab Siddiqi raped two Dutch women in the 1980s and 1990s.
Aqtab Siddiqi denied the claims saying they were ‘unfounded’ and part of an elaborate campaign to smear him and his family.
The cleric, 51, is also the head of the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal, a controversial Islamic legal service that conducts sharia law courts across England which experts say discriminate against women.
The women who claim they were sexually abused by Aqtab Siddiqi, alleged they were 11 and 12 years old at the time.
The woman was sent to the UK by their parents in order to be educated by Sheikh Siddiqi’s father, a known respected Muslim scholar.
The two women claim they were sexually abused from the ages of 11 and 12 until they turned 16.
They were sent to the UK by their parents to be educated by Sheikh Siddiqi’s father, a respected Muslim scholar.
According to West Midlands Police spokesman: ‘A 51-year-old man from Nuneaton has been voluntarily interviewed in relation to allegations of historical rape cases. Inquiries remain ongoing.’
Sheikh Siddiqi is also the leader of an Islamic college located a stately manor in Warwickshire.
He also owns a luxury Holiday Park were several Premiership footballers have cottages
The news comes a day after twenty men were found guilty of being part of a grooming gang that raped and abused girls as young as 11 in Huddersfield.
The men were convicted of more than 120 offenses against 15 girls.
Victims were plied with drink and drugs and then "used and abused at will" in a seven-year "campaign of rape and abuse" between 2004 and 2011.
At Leeds Crown Court, the ringleader, Amere Singh Dhaliwal, 35, was jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years.
Other members of the gang were jailed for between five and 18 years but the court heard many perpetrators have never been identified.