A ‘DESPICABLE’ paedophile who abused three girls when he was an Imam at a town centre mosque has been convicted by a jury.
Ebrahim Yusuf Kazi, 67, was found guilty of five counts of indecent assault on three girls aged under the age of 13.
The offences took place between 1979 and 1986 at Broad Street Mosque, where Kazi was an Imam before moving to Gloucester.
The victims have been praised by the police for their bravery in coming forward and one victim told the Adver she will come face-to-face with him at court next month to see him sentenced.
Kazi’s crimes were only revealed after one young victim contacted Wiltshire Police.
PC Dawn Simmonds, the investigating officer, said that Kazi had abused his position to commit his crimes.
She said: “Ebrahim Yusuf Kazi was found guilty of five counts of indecent assault on three girls aged under the age of 13.
“The offences took place in the 1980s when Kazi was the Imam at the Broad Street Mosque in Swindon. As an Imam, Kazi was in a position of responsibility and trust, a position which he abused for his own gratification.
“Not only did he subject these children to these despicable acts but he has shown no remorse for his actions, having now also put them through the ordeal of a trial.
Why would he be remorseful when he is following his own (so-called) prophet's example?If the offending imam had committed his acts of pedophilia in a country with a high degree of sharia compliance, then of course the imam would not have been convicted at all, as the founder of Islam consummated his own marriage to his child bride Aisha when she was but nine (Sahih Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 64). Not that the British government or its legal system is about to acknowledge this, of course. Note that the convictions are for crimes that occurred 25-30 years ago, and no one in the Muslim community stepped forward in all that time save one brave victim herself. At the lightning rate that sharia is advancing in Britain, however, what are the chances of another imam being similarly convicted in the U.K. in 25 to 30 years' time?