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Family 'fury' over rape decision
 Mohammed Reza Telabi Zamani, 36 - picture Avon and Somerset Constabulary
Police have advised people not to approach Mr Zamani
The family of an alleged rape victim have spoken of their anger that the man accused of carrying out the attack was able to jump bail.

Mohammed Reza Telabi Zamani, 36, has been on the run since February after failing to appear at Bristol Crown Court.

He had been granted bail after appearing in court charged with two separate sex attacks.

Police believe Iranian Mr Zamani may now be in Manchester or London.

The attacks he is accused of are the alleged rape of a woman in Bristol city centre in June 2005 and the alleged attempted rape of a woman in December 2003.

The alleged rape victim's sister said she felt "let down by the justice system" and branded the decision to grant Zamani bail as "the ultimate insult".

The 22-year-old alleged victim was attacked in Bristol city centre after a night out during her university final exams.

We are still actively looking for Mr Zamani, and have involved the Iranian embassy in the search
Avon and Somerset Police

Her sister said: "It must have been so traumatic."

The victim was left suicidal after the alleged attack, and made four attempts to take her life.

Her sister said the family were "devastated" at Judge Carol Hagen's decision to grant Mr Zamani bail in November last year.

"We couldn't tell her at first. I knew if we'd told her straight away she would have taken her life. She just feels so let down," she said.

Mr Zamani had a temporary visa to live in the UK but overstayed and is now in the country illegally.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said: "We are still actively looking for Mr Zamani, and have involved the Iranian embassy in the search.

"Anybody who knows his whereabouts, or has any idea where he might be, is urged to get in touch.

"I would ask that members of the public do not approach this man, but if they do see him, to call 999."


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