31 people in court on child sexual exploitation charges

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Some 30 people including a woman are appearing in court today and tomorrow charged with child sex grooming offences including rape and human trafficking.

The offences relate to five young girls and teenagers and were allegedly carried out between 2005 and 2012, when the complainants were 12 to 18 years old.

About 40 police officers gathered outside Kirklees Magistrates’ Court to keep the peace with 31 defendants set to appear over alleged crimes around Huddersfield. 

Amin Ali Choli, 36

Amin Ali Choli, 36

Shaqeel Hussain, 35,

Shaqeel Hussain, 35,

Amin Ali Choli (left), 36, is charged with two rapes, and Shaqeel Hussain (right), 35, is charged with one rape and two counts of trafficking

Umar Zaman (left), 30, and Basharat Hussain (right), 31, are both charged with two rapes

Umar Zaman (left), 30, and Basharat Hussain (right), 31, are both charged with two rapes

Umar Zaman (left), 30, and Basharat Hussain (right), 31, are both charged with two rapes

Usman Ali, 32

Usman Ali, 32

Abdul Majid, 34

Abdul Majid, 34

Usman Ali (left), 32, and Abdul Majid (right), 34, are both charged with two counts of rape

Mohammed Suhail Arif, 30, pictured arriving at court today, was charged with one rape

Mohammed Suhail Arif, 30, pictured arriving at court today, was charged with one rape

Mohammed Suhail Arif, 30, pictured arriving at court today, was charged with one rape

Protesters claiming to be from the English Defence League and others from the Socialist Party were also present outside the court in West Yorkshire this morning.

Today, 17 men and a woman appeared before District Judge Michael Fanning in small batches. Twelve more defendants are due to appear at the same court tomorrow.

The 18 who appeared today were all given conditional bail and ordered to appear at Leeds Crown Court on November 1.

The defendants (all from Huddersfield except where stated) were:

  • Iftikar Ali, 37, of Holly Road, charged with three rapes and one attempted rape
  • Umar Zaman, 30, of Bishop’s Court, charged with two rapes
  • Basharat Hussain, 31, charged with two rapes
Fehreen Rafiq, 38,

Fehreen Rafiq, 38,

Mohammed Dogar, 35

Mohammed Dogar, 35

The one female defendant, Fehreen Rafiq (left), 38, is charged with two counts of facilitating the commission of a child sex offence, and Mohammed Dogar (right), 35, is charged with facilitating the commission of a child sex offence

Gul Riaz, 42, pictured outside the court in West Yorkshire, was charged with one rape

Gul Riaz, 42, pictured outside the court in West Yorkshire, was charged with one rape

Gul Riaz, 42, pictured outside the court in West Yorkshire, was charged with one rape

Banaras Hussain, who is charged with one count of rape, appears at court this morning 

Banaras Hussain, who is charged with one count of rape, appears at court this morning 

Banaras Hussain, who is charged with one count of rape, appears at court this morning 

Iftikar Ali, 37

Iftikar Ali, 37

Mohammed Sajjad, 31

Mohammed Sajjad, 31

Iftikar Ali (left), 37, was charged with three rapes and one attempted rape, while Mohammed Sajjad (right), 31, was charged with four counts of rape and one count of facilitating the commission of a child sex offence

  • Banaras Hussain, 37, of Shipley, charged with one rape
  • Mubasher Hussain, 35, charged with one rape and one sexual assault
  • Abdul Majid, 34, charged with two rapes
  • Gul Riaz, 42, charged with one rape
  • Fehreen Rafiq, 38, charged with two counts of facilitating the commission of a child sex offence
  • Mohammed Sajjad, 31, charged with four counts of rape and one count of facilitating the commission of a child sex offence
  • Usman Ali, 32, charged with two counts of rape
Around 40 police officers gathered outside Kirklees Magistrates' Court this morning

Around 40 police officers gathered outside Kirklees Magistrates' Court this morning

Around 40 police officers gathered outside Kirklees Magistrates’ Court this morning

Protesters stand outside Kirklees Magistrates' Court ahead of the hearings this morning

Protesters stand outside Kirklees Magistrates' Court ahead of the hearings this morning

Protesters at Kirklees Magistrates' Court

Protesters at Kirklees Magistrates' Court

Protesters stand outside Kirklees Magistrates’ Court ahead of the hearings this morning

Police were present with 31 people set to appear over the alleged crimes around Huddersfield

Police were present with 31 people set to appear over the alleged crimes around Huddersfield

Police were present with 31 people set to appear over the alleged crimes around Huddersfield

Police stand guard outside the court in West Yorkshire this morning ahead of the appearances

Police stand guard outside the court in West Yorkshire this morning ahead of the appearances

Police stand guard outside the court in West Yorkshire this morning ahead of the appearances

  • Mohammed Suhail Arif, 30, charged with one rape
  • Amin Ali Choli, 36, charged with two rapes
  • Mohammed Dogar, 35, charged with facilitating the commission of a child sex offence
  • Banaris Hussain, 35, charged with one rape
  • Shaqeel Hussain, 35, of Dewsbury, charged with one rape and two counts of trafficking
  • Mohammed Waqas Anwar, 28, charged with five rapes
  • Saqib Raheel, 32, of Cradley Heath, West Midlands, charged with two rapes
  • A man who cannot be named for legal reasons is charged with one rape and one count of sexual touching of a female 

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