The British judge wanted to give the imam a longer sentence, but he couldn’t due to a technicality: the crimes happened 27 years ago. Graphic details on the imam’s crimes have surfaced, as well as the reason why it took (infidel) justice 27 years to catch up with Ebrahim Yusuf Kazi.
Pedophilia is found in all cultures. The pedophilia scandal in the Catholic Church was of immense dimensions and in many ways is ongoing. But only in Islam does such behavior have divine sanction, based on Muhammad’s consummation of his marriage to Aisha when he was 54 and she was nine. Since he is the supreme example for Muslim behavior, many Muslims find justification for behavior such as that displayed by Ebrahim Yusuf Kazi in Muhammad.
Ebrahim Yusuf Kazi, 67, was told by a judge he would have been jailed for longer – but the law prevented it as the offences took place 27 years ago.
The cleric sexually assaulted three victims – all aged under 11 – during class as he taught groups of youngsters alone inside the mosque, Swindon Crown Court heard.
He would invite the girls to read a passage from a book in front of the other children – before groping and touching their genitals under the desk.
He also locked himself in a toilet cubicle with one of the girls, removed her clothes before he touched and licked her body.
The women wept yesterday as they saw Kazi jailed after being convicted on five counts of sexual assault at the court in Wiltshire.
Judge Euaun Ambrose said: ‘You were in a position of very considerable status, trust and authority.
‘It was a position of total power and respect – not only within the mosque but also within the local Muslim community.
‘You were trusted by those who attended the mosque. You were also trusted by the parents who sent their children to be taught by you.
‘However, you wasted the opportunities the position gave you and indecently assaulted three of these children.
‘All were pre-pubescent girls and all were entrusted to your care.
‘This was a gross breach of trust. Against all this you continue to deny any responsibility for these offences and have shown no remorse.
‘There has become much stiffer sentences for this type of behaviour but I am obliged as a matter of law to sentence you in regard to the law at the time.
‘Had these offences been committed more recently the sentences that I pass would be much, much longer.’
It’s pertinent to remember that the offenses took 27 years to come to light because of the long silence of the victims, who apparently were highly reluctant to speak out against such a ‘revered’ figure in the community.