UK: Serial rapist who fled to UAE given 20-year jail

The British ambassador to the UAE has thanked the country’s authorities for their support after a serial rapist from the UK was extradited to Britain and jailed.

Muhammed Avais fled to the UAE using a fake passport in 2015 while on bail awaiting trail for 19 child sex offences, including rape and sexual assault.

He has been sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison after he was extradited in February.

Avais was convicted in his absence of all offences and sentenced to 19 years in prison. He received an extra year for trying to evade justice.

“We are very grateful for the assistance and professionalism of the Dubai and Abu Dhabi police forces,” said Philip Parham, the UK’s ambassador.

“Judge Fletcher, who presided over the case, also expressed his appreciation for the support of the UAE authorities and their excellent cooperation with our National Crime Agency.”

Justice would not have been served had it not been for the assistance of the police forces in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, said Mr Parham.

A UK National Crime Agency officer based in the UAE contacted Dubai Police after discovering that Avais was living in the Middle East.

Dubai Police tracked him to an address in Sharjah before Abu Dhabi Police arranged for his arrest and extradition.


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