UK return Sohail arrested in Pindi for raping children and filming assault

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RAWALPINDI: Police have arrested a man suspected of sexually assaulting and filming a mino. The accused Sohail Ayaz was previously convicted for sexually assaulting minors in Britain, where he was working with an organisation for protection of children, and was deported after he had served his prison sentence.

City Police Officer (CPO) Faisal Rana said that the suspect had also been tried for the same crime in Italy and was deported from there as well. Now he is in custody of police on 5-day physical remand.

The man was arrested after a first information report (FIR) was lodged on the complaint of a 13-year-old boy’s mother in the Rawat police station. The complainant alleged that the suspect forcefully took her son to a house in Bahria Town, Rawalpindi where he drugged and raped the victim for four days. The man filmed the minor as well and threatened to release the video if the victim reported the crime, the FIR said.

Rana said that the man has confessed to raping 30 children in Pakistan and is also suspected of uploading videos of minors on the ‘dark web’. Police will become a party in the cases, if parents avoid to do so due to social pressure, he added.

His bearded father Ayaz said that the police took the statement from his son forcefully and he is innocent. It was revealed that Sohail is a chartered accountant and an expert of the dark web. He was also providing consultancy to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Civil Secretariat’s planning department for which he received Rs300,000 per month compensation from the KP government, the SP added.

The suspect is a resident of Islamabad. According to SP Mazhar, the man’s wife had left him nine years ago while his parents and siblings had also detached themselves from the suspect.

Authorities say Ayaz has confessed to raping 30 children in Pakistan and he is suspected of using the ‘dark web’ to circulate child porn images.    Police arrested him after the boy’s mother reported that her son had been taken from her home, according to Dawn.     

Ayaz allegedly threatened the boy’s family, warning that he would upload the pornographic videos he had filmed to social media if they went to police.

Rawalpindi police confirmed today that the suspect was the same man who had once been jailed in Britain.  Ayaz’s sentencing in the UK in 2009 drew widespread attention because he had previously worked for the charity Save The Children.