A Muslim cleric who has worked towards opening sharia law courts in the UK has been questioned over historic rape claims. Faiz-ul-Aqtab Siddiqi, 51, voluntarily spoke to officers looking into claims two Dutch women were sexually abused when they were children in the 1990s.
The women went to West Midlands Police over allegations they were attacked while staying with the sheikh's religious community in the UK, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported.
According to the Dutch newspaper Dozens of Dutch believers also live with him, especially from the surrounding area of ??The Hague. The Hijaz movement has close ties with the Noeroel Islam mosque in the court city.
The two Dutch women declared to the police that the sheikh had sexually abused them in the 1990s as a child. A third Dutch person filed a complaint against the father of the clergy in the nineties, also because of rape. Father Abdulwahab died in 1994 while the police investigated the case. The mother of two Dutch girls who say they are victims of the sheik is angry that her signals within the community have been ignored for years. "My children have been abused in the most brutal way," she writes. "I see how they suffer the consequences to this day. What the Siddiqi family has done is devastating. "
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: 'A 51-year-old man from Nuneaton has been voluntary interviewed in relation to allegations of historical rape cases. Enquiries remain on-going.'
Lawyer Sheikh Faiz-ul-Aqtab Siddiqi is principal of a religious college outside Nuneaton, Warwickshire. He was a leading figure in protests against Charlie Hebdo magazine after 11 of their journalists were massacred by Muslim extremists
Siddiqi does not address questions about the issue. Earlier he let his lawyer know that reports about sexual abuse are 'unfounded'. He says that rebellious Hague mosque visitors want to discredit his family.
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