Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Imam Convicted of Raping 12-Year-Old Boy in Mosque

I wonder if people will condemn this act as they do with priest or give Islam a pass.....

(Daily Mail) — A Muslim cleric, once decorated by Buckingham Palace, is facing jail after being convicted of ‘preying on’ and ‘abusing’ two boys at his mosque.

Mohammed Hanif Khan, 42, one of Britain’s most influential imams, became the first ever full-time Islamic minister in the history of the British prison service in 2001.

Highly respected, in 2004 he visited the Palace to receive a Butlers’ Trust Award from Princess Anne for his work in diversity.

Under his grand title of Sheik Mohammed Hanif Haqqani Kareemi he led prayers and gave Islamic education to boys.

But a two-week long trial at Nottingham Crown Court heard Hanif Khan used his position of power at the mosque in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs, to terrify, intimidate and abuse the two young boys in 2009 — then aged 12 and 15.

After three days of deliberation a jury found him guilty of two counts of rape and one count of sexual activity with a child.

He was remanded in custody for sentencing at a later date.