For once the High Court has used common sense and taken the public’s interest into account in its ruling regarding the secrecy surrounding a Muslim grooming gang from Birmingham. Despite the High Courts ruling West Midlands Police still refuse to release proper pictures of the sex gang. The judge also ripped into WMP for wanting a virtual blackout on the paedophile gang with their names,addresses and pictures kept secret. Makes you wonder how many previous groomers have had the luxury of their identity kept secret by WMP.
This is the same Muslim appeasing police force who went all out to find the EDL members involved in a disturbance in Birmingham. They even held a TV appeal with pictures of those involved on Crimewatch UK. West Midlands Police were also more than happy to arrest and charge Tim Burton with racial hatred charges for online comments on the say so of Tell Mamas Fiyaz Mughal. The case was quite rightly thrown out of court.
Police criticised for secrecy bid over sex grooming gang
Revealed: Faces of the gang which groomed vulnerable girls for sex, as West Midlands Police refuse to disclose official photographs despite judge’s criticism
These are the sex abusers a police force does not want the public to see.
The three men were part of a 10-strong gang which groomed vulnerable teenage girls for sex – and whose identities the police attempted to keep hidden.
Mr Justice Keehan, in the High Court, said he was “extremely surprised” at the secretive stance taken by West Midlands Police, which claimed the men could face retaliation if they were named.
The force is still refusing to formally release photographs of the gang despite the judge’s forceful comments about the way officers had approached the case.
Civil orders have been made against the 10 – who can now finally be named as Mohammed Anjam, Omar Ahmed, Naseem Khan, Mohammed Javed, Shah Alam, Sajid Hussain, Rahman Aziz, Imran Uddin, Mansur Ahmed and Sarfraz Riaz – in a bid to curtail their sexual grooming activities.
In October a court imposed injunctions barring the men from contacting a teenager and from approaching girls they did not know, following applications from council chiefs.
The men could be jailed for being in contempt of court if they are found to have breached the orders.
Legal action was taken after a vulnerable teenager was found at a hotel with different men at different times, prompting social workers and police to investigate.
It has since emerged the 17-year-old girl sexually exploited by men in Birmingham is pregnant.
The girl – who cannot be named for legal reasons – said Riaz, 32, was the father of her unborn child and described him as having been her “boyfriend”. He denies being the father, the court heard.
Police lawyers told the court they had concerns for men’s safety if identifies were revealed and photographs published.
Lawyers for some of the men – who have not been convicted of criminal offences relating to the girl – also opposed publication of their names because they said they feared reprisals, embarrassment and suffering for their families.
Mr Justice Keehan, sitting in London, said: “I was extremely surprised at the stance taken by the police.
“When I pressed for the factual basis upon which the risk assessment had been made, I was told there was none, the risk was unknown but based on experience, the risk was high.
“I regret I do not understand that analysis at all.”
Police had also argued that there was a risk innocent members of the public would be mistaken for members of the gang and attacked.
“The surest way of eradicating or ameliorating the risk of misidentification is ensuring the fullest possible details of each of the (men), including photographs, are made public and given wide coverage by the media,” the judge said.
“I am not satisfied that there is any credible evidence that there is a risk to the life of any respondent to these proceedings.
“Publicity about these (men) may cause embarrassment, distress or anxiety to the respondents or to members of their respective families and friends.
“Such would not have occurred if they had not engaged, as I have found they did, in the sexual exploitation of a vulnerable young female.”
He added there were “exceedingly powerful arguments” in favour of the public knowing full details of cases of child sexual exploitation.
A West Midlands Police spokesman refused to release photographs of the men to the media.
Detective Chief Superintendent Danny Long, head of West Midlands Police’s public protection unit, said the men’s details would be “shared in the right places with the right people”.
“We are duty bound to act proportionately to the threat the men currently pose to the girl and possibly others,” he said.
“We also have a duty to consider the impact of releasing the men’s images on innocent family members, which include their partners and their own young children.”
Riaz is currently serving a prison sentence for an unrelated sexual assault and has a total of 14 criminal convictions, including burglary, racially aggravated assault and drugs, the court heard.
The judge praised the police and Birmingham City Council for the “bold and novel step” of obtaining civil orders against the 10 men.