A paedophile’s victim fears her abuser has faked his own death in Bangladesh to try and sneak back into the UK.
Hafiz Rahman, 63, was a religious leader who was ‘treated like royalty by the Muslim community’ when he abused two young girls for years, from ages six and seven.
Wolverhampton Crown Court convicted him of five charges of indecent assault in October 2016 while he was at home on bail, which the judge allowed because he had fallen ill.
Although police went to his house and confiscated his passport the day before he was sentenced, they missed the fake passport he later used to flee to Bangladesh.
Rahman has been gone ever since he escaped the country and his family have now said the sex offender died while in hiding.
But the West Midlands Police force wants to investigate these claims.
One of his victims, who is now 45 years old with a child, was abused every day between the ages of seven and 11 in the 1980s.
She said: ‘I don’t believe for a second he’s dead.
‘His family claimed they had not seen or spoken to him since he fled – so how do they know that he’s dead?
‘I think he’s faked his own death to come back to the UK because he’s stupid enough to do that.
‘I have not given up on a day of finally getting justice but the pain is never-ending.
‘Sometimes you wonder why you bothered coming forward, but I’m glad I did because that gave another victim the courage to come forward as well.
‘I need it to be over and for him to be brought to justice.
‘He has absolutely no conscience over what he did. If anyone knows where he is or has any information, please call the police.
‘I always believe one day I will get that phone call saying “we have got him”.’
Rahman was supposed to serve 11 years behind bars and sign the sex offender’s register, banning him from working with children ever again.
His horrific abuse at Queens Cross Mosque, in Cradley Heath, was exposed in 2014 when a victim bravely came forward about what happened to her.
Since Rahman’s escape, British police have issued a warrant for his arrest. If he is ever found, he will have to face more jail time than his 11-year sentence for absconding.
West Midlands Police said: ’We have received information that the absconded offender has died in Bangladesh.
‘We are making enquiries with the Foreign Office and Bangladeshi authorities to confirm the accuracy of this information.’
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