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Fugitive Ahmadi leader arrested in the US, presented for sexual assault trial

 

Muneeb-ur-Rehman (37) faces charges of sexual assault of a boy of his congregation between March 2018 and March 2020. The accused was functioning as Motamid Khuddam and a teacher. Foto: Jail record

 

Muneeb-Ur-Rehman, who is a former Ahmadi leader and a teacher, has been arrested in the US following his arrest warrants for not appearing in the court in connection with his trial on charges of sexual assault of a minor boy of his congregation.

He was presented before the court of Judge Sherry Shipman of Denton County Texas who passed an order for other competent courts not to set bail bond for the accused as he is a flight risk. Already the court has forfeited his bail bond worth $100000 for violation of the bail conditions by escaping the court proceedings. The court has set August 15 as the next date of his jury trial at 9am.

The court had issued an arrest warrant for Muneeb-Ur-Rehman, a former leader of the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya, on May 25 for not appearing in the court when he was scheduled to plead guilty.

Muneeb is facing 6 charges including sexual assault of a minor. The crimes took place between March 2018 and March 2020 when the accused was working on an assignment from Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya to oversee boys between seven to 15 years of age at Ahmadi Bait-ul-Ikram Mosque, Dallas city, according to a report compiled by Facing Abuse in Community Environments (FACE), a US-based non-profit organization.

Muneeb was arrested on March 11, 2020, and was later released on bail after furnishing a $100,000 surety bond. The charges include three charges of sexual assault of a child and three charges of indecency with a child by sexual contact. These charges are in two different counties – Denton and Collin. There are two other allegations of the same nature against Muneeb in Harris County. His trial has yet to take place in Collin and Harris counties. He is from Canada and his passport is in police custody.

According to the FACE report, the accused groomed the 14-year-old boy under his care. Over the course of at least 11 documented encounters, the accused was reported to have sexually abused the boy at his apartment, in his car, and during community events and on youth group trips, they both attended. During the sex abuse interaction, the victim was appointed as Nazim Atfal (head of boys aged seven to 15) on July 21, 2019, while the accused was in his immediate supervision when he was posted as Motamid Khuddam.

Learning about the grooming and sexual assault, the victim’s family complained to the police and Muneeb was arrested on May 11, 2020. He was subsequently removed from the post of Motamid Khuddam. Muneeb was appointed as Motamid Khuddam in Fall 2017 while he was given the assignment of teaching Sunday School classes in Fall 2019 and continued these roles until his arrest in May 2020.

 

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Muneeb’s case came to light after revelations of three other Ahmadis, including Dr Muhammad Afzal Upal, Akash Ashar, and Nida Ul Nasser, 36, who has alleged being sexually molested from early childhood to the age of 25 by her father and three other close relatives of the head of the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya.

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