Rotherham child abuse defendant has passport seized - as co-accused ‘too ill’ to attend court

Sajid Bostan leaving Rotherham Magistrates Court after his hearing today.

Sajid Bostan leaving Rotherham Magistrates Court after his hearing today.

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A defendant in a Rotherham child sexual exploitation investigation has had his passport seized – while one of his co-accused missed a court date on medical grounds.

Sajid Bostan, who has been vice-chairman of the Rotherham Private Hire Drivers Association, was granted bail at Rotherham Magistrates Court – on the condition that he handed in his passport.

At the same hearing this afternoon, a lawyer for Arshid Hussain, aged 40, who has been charged with 45 child sexual exploitation-related offences, said his client was unable to attend because he is too ill.

Riyaz Shaikh, representing Hussain, said his wheelchair-bound client is currently suffering from pressure sores.

District judge John Foster adjourned the hearing on Hussain until Tuesday, July 7, and asked for more information to be provided about Hussain’s medical condition.

Bostan, 38, will next appear at Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday, July 9.

The decision to take his passport follows reports that another man arrested as part of the same investigation has left the country and gone to Pakistan.

Mr Foster also accepted an application made on behalf of both defendants preventing the publication of their home addresses.

The application was challenged in court by The Star, but Mr Foster said he did not believe publishing their addresses was ‘in the interests of justice’.

Hussain has been charged with 16 charges of indecent assault, five charges of procuring of a female to have sexual intercourse, six counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, two charges of buggery.

He has also been charged with four counts of causing a child to be removed from their parent, five counts of procuring a female to become a common prostitute, two charges of assault, one count of unlawful imprisonment and four counts of procuring another to have sexual intercourse.

Bostan has been charged with 11 offences, including unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13, indecent assault and buggery.

As part of the same investigation, two of Hussain’s brothers have been charged - Bannaras Hussain, 35, with 22 offences and Sageer Hussain, 29, with four counts of rape of a girl under 16.

They have been charged under Operation Clover, an investigation into historic child sex exploitation offences in Rotherham.