Religious leader convicted of sex assaults on children

12/07/2017

A religious leader who sexually abused young students at a mosque in Cardiff over the course of a decade has been convicted.

Mohammed Haj Sadiq, 81, had denied 7 charges of indecent assault and 8 charges of sexual assault of a child, but was found guilty on all but one charge following a trial at Cardiff Crown Court.

The court heard how Sadiq would make his victims stand next to him and read while studying the Quran. He would then touch them inappropriately or slap them as punishment for perceived mistakes.

The offending took place between 1996 and 2006 and came to light after four of his victims gave statements to the police.

Mike Jenkin, from the CPS, said: "These women have shown remarkable courage in coming forward to speak about the abuse they suffered at the hands of Mohammed Haj Sadiq when they were young girls.

"Sadiq was a respected figure in the community with considerable influence and power which makes the bravery of his victims all the more admirable.

"The evidence given by these women meant the prosecution was able to present a compelling case to the jury, resulting in the guilty verdicts."

Sadiq was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment on 7 July 2017.