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Thursday, August 26, 1999 Published at 18:15 GMT 19:15 UK

UK: Scotland

Leading Muslim in tagging call

People were at prayer when the offences happened

A leading Muslim has called for the electronic tagging of sexual offenders after a mosque official was jailed for sexually molesting two boys.

Dr Shafi Kausar, General Secretary of Glasgow Mosque, Scotland's principal Islamic centre, said the government should consider tougher action following the conviction of Taher Din.

Dr Shafi Kausar: "The community was very angered and disturbed"
Din, 34, who molested boys aged nine and 10, was jailed for a year and will have his name placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.

Passing sentence at Glasgow Sheriff Court, Sheriff James Murphy said the children suffered their ordeals in the city's Ballater Street mosque as leading members of the Asian community worshipped just yards away.

He told Din, who was on the mosque's management committee, that the children were left in a state of terror after being held and attacked by him.

[ image: Dr Kausar said tagging should be used]
Dr Kausar said tagging should be used
Sheriff Murphy said: "This happened in a place in which parents believe their children to be safe and where the children are encouraged to call male adults 'uncle'.

"You have shown no sign of remorse."

Din was found guilty of lewd and libidinous practices towards children aged nine and 10 six weeks ago after a trial at the sheriff court. The court heard he had a previous conviction for indecent assault.

Din had told his solicitor James Bradley that he was the victim of a conspiracy led by his wealthy and powerful brother in law who was out to get him.

And he alleged his brother in law paid witnesses to make false allegations against him.

Speaking after sentence was passed, Dr Kausar said the government should now consider measures aimed at monitoring sex offenders' movements.

'Keep an eye on them'

He said: "Society should have some sort of ruling about these people, on how we can rehabilitate them and how we can keep an eye on them.

"There should be some sort of law enforcing agency to take care of them and really they should be tagged so that wherever they go people know where they are."

Dr Kausar said Din was now viewed as an "outcast" in Glasgow's Muslim community.

He said: "From the very beginning the Muslim community was angered and disturbed because one would not expect such things in a mosque.

"He has been completely banned from coming anywhere near the mosque and similarly other mosques have taken action. He will always be an outcast."

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