Qari Haji Muhammad Saddique, 83, who was jailed for 13 years for touching four young girls over a 20 year period during Koran lessons at a mosque in Cardiff, has died less than three years after he was jailed.
Haji Saddique, of Cyncoed, Cardiff, who taught at the Madina Mosque in Cardiff for more than 30 years, was jailed in 2017 and died in Parc Prison.
A spokesman for G4S confirmed 83-year-old Sadiq, from Lake Road East in Cyncoed, died in Parc Prison, Bridgend, on 8th January.
The court heard he abused four girls aged between five and 11 between 1996 and 2006 as a form of punishment. He denied the charges and blamed “politics” in the mosque for the accusations. He said the allegations were the result of a conspiracy by senior members of the mosque who had manipulated the four young women to tell lies about him.
The court heard Saddique was born in Hong Kong and moved to Pakistan before coming to the UK in 1967, eventually settling in Cardiff.
He was a member of the Madina Mosque and was involved in running it, including as a treasurer and teaching Koran studies to primary school pupils.
Classes took place four times a week after school and pupils referred to the imam as ‘Uncle Saddique’ as a mark of respect, the court heard.
His funeral was held
Mosque committee member said, it was both the wish of Sadiq and his family that it be held there. They added that they had not received any complaints or been contacted about the decision.
“We feel sympathy for the victims and their families. We supported the conviction and we encouraged members to come forward.
“But now the person has died we don’t look at what wrong happened in the past, what we are looking at is a family who is in distress,” said the committee member, who wished to withhold their name.