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A London solicitor has been jailed for 10 years for running a £20m sham marriage scam.
Tevfick Souleiman (pictured), partner at north London firm Souleiman GA Solicitors, and immigration advisers Cenk Guclu and Furrah Kosimov, were found guilty at the Central Criminal Court of conspiracy to breach immigration law.
Souleiman, 39, whose wife works for the Crown Prosecution Service, was also convicted of receiving proceeds of crime.
Zafer Altinbas, another of the firm’s immigration advisers, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to breach immigration law and to receiving money from the proceeds of crime. All received custodial sentences.
Between 2004 and 2011 the defendants arranged marriage packages for men from outside the EU, providing fake tenancy agreements, employers’ references and forged documents.
Women from eastern European countries were flown in to marry men they had never met, and flown out the next day after being paid by the firm. Men paid up to £14,000 for the service, which enabled them to live and claim benefits in the UK.
Sentencing Souleiman, Judge John Bevan QC said: ‘A heavy responsibility for upholding the rule of law rests with lawyers. If the public cannot trust the integrity of lawyers, who can they trust? You have destroyed that trust by driving a coach and horses through these rules.’
Hassan Emir, a second partner at Souleiman GA Solicitors, told the Gazette he had joined the firm in 2011 and was not implicated in the case.
A spokesman for the Solicitors Regulation Authority said that now the criminal case has concluded, Souleiman would be referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for investigation.
Police have thanked the women who came forward to help convict a GP who has been sentenced to 11 years in prisonfor sexually assaulting patients.
South Yorkshire Police confirmed Gousul Islam, 70, was found guilty yesterday of 18 counts of indecent assault against a number of young women at his surgery near Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
Officers said the offences date back to the period from 1970 to the mid 1990s, when the women were between 13 and 28-years-old.
They were assaulted when they visited the doctor for minor ailments or routine examinations, which included complaints of a sore throat or regular health check ups.
Islam was a doctor at Lyndhurst Surgery on Church Road, Stainforth, for more than 30 years.
He was arrested in March 2010 following allegations and was charged in October 2011. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Islam was sentenced today following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court which began in November.
Detective Constable Sharon Row said: “The sentence Islam has received reflects the seriousness of the offences he carried out against his female patients.
“He abused his position of trust and took advantage of these young women.
“I would like to express my sincere thanks to the women, who have been brave enough to come forward and report the crimes that he committed against them, and for their patience and understanding in what has been a lengthy and complex investigation.
“Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this conviction.
“We understand it is a difficult decision to make and we are fully supportive of anyone who reports an indecent or sexual assault, whether or not they choose to progress to court, and we will always provide as much assistance as possible to aid them gaining closure and convicting the offender.”
Roger Woodward, senior crown prosecutor in CPS Yorkshire and Humberside’s complex casework unit, said: “Gousul Islam was a family doctor – and as such he was placed in a position of absolute trust.
“Eight women and girls had that trust shockingly abused when he subjected them to innuendo, inappropriate touching, and sexual assault.
“I would like to pay tribute to the eight complainants who have displayed tremendous courage in giving evidence. As a result of our successful prosecution, Islam is now facing 11 years in prison for these appalling offences, and I would like that to send out a clear message that no-one, whatever their standing in society, is above the law.
“The CPS treats this type of offending extremely seriously, and I would encourage anyone who has been the victim of his kind of assault to come forward and report the matter to the police.”
A man who staged five armed robberies in a month has been jailed for 14 years, police said.
Leon Young pleaded guilty to five offences after carrying out armed raids across Dagenham and Ilford, in Essex, in January.
The 24-year-old was also convicted by a jury of an aggravated burglary in Harlow, Essex, which took place in December 2011, Scotland Yard said.
At Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday, Young was told he would serve eight years for his robbery and firearm offences and six years for aggravated burglary – a total of 14 years imprisonment.
He had been arrested in February by detectives from the Metropolitan Police Flying Squad.
Young targeted convenience stores and threatened staff with a firearm in each of his armed raids. He took about £4,000 in cash over the five robberies, police said.
Detective Sergeant Scott Chimes said: “I would like to thank the victims and witnesses for the courage they displayed in assisting in this protracted investigation.
“Young has never personally showed any remorse for the frightening crimes he committed during December 2011 to January 2012.
“The sentence passed by Recorder Laird QC sends out a clear deterrent message to those considering committing similar offences.
“I would like to assure businesses and the public within London that the Metropolitan Police Flying Squad will continue to seek out and arrest those engaged in such serious crimes and bring them to justice”.
A teacher at one of the country’s most prestigious public schools has been jailed for 11 years after he was found guilty of sexually abusing five young boys.
Bruce Roth, who taught maths at £30,000-a-year Wellington College, groomed and performed sex acts on three boys at the boarding school and two at King’s School in Rochester, Kent, where he taught previously.
Roth strenuously denied the 17 charges against him, accusing his victims of conspiring against him because they did not like him as a teacher.
He remained impassive in the dock, apart from occasionally shaking his head, as the jury at Reading Crown Court returned guilty verdicts on all counts.
The trial heard that two complaints were made against Roth over claims that he sexually touched one boy and repeatedly abused another, both aged between eight and 10, while an assistant housemaster at King’s School between 1987 and 1994.
After an internal investigation cleared him of wrongdoing, he left the school and went to Wellington, where he taught until his arrest in 2010.
The Wellington victims were teenagers, some from vulnerable backgrounds.
In each case there was a clear progression from grooming through to sexual touching and performing sex acts on the boys.
Judge Simon Davis described Roth as a “plausible, intelligent man”, who was capable of being highly manipulative.
His behaviour at the college in Crowthorne might have been shaped by his being exonerated of wrongdoing at the previous school in Kent, the judge said.
“You have impressed some schoolboys, some parents, some teachers in high and influential positions, who are all convinced you are a good, kind and pastoral teacher, a professional man,” he said.
“You have a number of other sides to your character besides those.
“I find you do have an interest in young boys/men in their adolescent years. A worrying facet in these proceedings.”
Judge Davis attacked Roth for what he said were attempts to character-assassinate his victims in what he said was a “sad and dreadful case”.
“In the face of clear evidence from all five complainants, you maintained first to the police and then to this court that each and every one of the allegations of which you have been convicted were fabricated,” he said.
“You were not able to deceive this jury.
“Your choice, namely to contest the case, meant that every individual complainant came to this court to relive the events to which you had subjected them over the past 20 years or so.
“As the law presently stands, I am not able to penalise you for putting those witnesses through the ordeal of giving evidence.”
Roth told his trial that the former pupils had got together in an “old boys’ den and made things up” after reading in a newspaper in 2010 about his arrest.
He told the jury he was “shell-shocked” by the accusations against him.
Detective Constable Stephen Middleweek, of Thames Valley Police’s child abuse investigation unit, said: “Roth was in a position of trust and abused this position to target young boys, touching them in their beds, in his classroom and his living quarters.
“I would like to pay tribute to the victims. The bravery they have shown has been remarkable considering the ordeal they have been through.
“I hope that today’s result will go some way towards helping them put this traumatic experience behind them.
“We have worked closely with the schools involved, in particular Wellington College, and I thank them for their open approach and assistance during the investigation.”
Baljit Ubhey, the Crown Prosecution Service chief prosecutor, who worked on the case, said: “Not only did he breach the trust of the pupils at the school, their parents and the staff, he also abused his position of authority in order to gain access to these vulnerable victims.
“It was only due to the great courage of all the victims that Roth’s abuse was brought to light, and the full extent of his behaviour revealed.
“The sentence imposed today recognises the seriousness of the offences and the vulnerability of the victims.
“I hope that today’s outcome gives some sense of closure to the victims involved, so that they can now put this unpleasant episode behind them and move on with their lives.”
Anthony Seldon, master of Wellington College, which counts broadcaster Peter Snow, comedian and impressionist Rory Bremner, pop star Will Young and journalist and author Sebastian Faulks among its alumni, said: “The whole staff at Wellington, who work tirelessly to nurture and protect the pupils at the college, are angered and saddened that a staff member could have committed these vile crimes.
“This abuse represents a terrible betrayal of trust – that Roth could have preyed on vulnerable boys who were in his care is unforgivable.
“As head of this school, which is trying to provide education and care of the highest standard, I am deeply sickened and appalled by what has happened.
“The very day a former pupil of the college came forward with his accusations, we immediately suspended Mr Roth and reported our concerns to the police and social services.”
He added: “Unfortunately, no vetting system can ever guarantee that every paedophile is identified. I am happy that Wellington offers the greatest possible protection to its pupils.”