UK: Three paedos get £425,000 in legal aid

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‘IT’S A SCANDAL’ Three paedos get £425,000 in legal aid – 10 times MORE than the maximum compo their victims can receive.  In stark contrast, their victims will only be able to get between £11,000 and £44,000 in compensation

A TRIO of pedophiles have been given £425,000 in legal aid – 10 times more than the maximum compensation their victims can receive.

Basharat Khaliq, 38, jailed for 20 years, was granted £105,612.05 by the Legal Aid Agency. Saeed Akhtar, 55, caged for two decades, was given £194,464.49, and Naveed Akhtar, 43, sentenced to 17 years, was given £125,419.44.

A Freedom of Information request has revealed the money granted to the three men who headed up a gang which drugged and raped two 14-year-old girls.

It has been found by the Sunday People their lawyers got £425,000 from British taxpayers.

In stark contrast, their victims will only be able to get between £11,000 and £44,000 in compensation.

One of the young girls told Bradford City Crown Court she had been left with depression, PTSD and anxiety.

The straight a pupil dropped out of school and has tried to take her own life since being plied with drink and drugs before being raped by the gang of nine.

The whole gang has since been convicted after being found guilty of charges included rape and inciting child prostitution following a two-month trial.

Basharat Khaliq, 38, jailed for 20 years, was granted £105,612.05 by the Legal Aid Agency.

Saeed Akhtar, 55, caged for two decades, was given £194,464.49, and Naveed Akhtar, 43, sentenced to 17 years, was given £125,419.44.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall told the defendants: “The damage you have caused for your sexual pleasure has been revealed to all, and the lengths some of you went to corrupt a girl are truly appalling.

‘IT IS A SCANDAL’

“The jury have seen this case for what it was – clear, determined and insidious grooming.”

Harry Fletcher, director of the Victims’ Rights Campaign, said: “It is a scandal that these child abusers were given half a million of legal aid, yet the victims received less than 10 percent of that.

“This is yet more proof that the justice system treats victims of crime appallingly and more evidence of the need for a victims’ Bill of Rights.”

He argued defendants should be billed to pay back the legal aid once convicted of child abuse.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “Anyone facing a crown court trial is eligible for legal aid, subject to a strict means test.

“Applicants for criminal legal aid can be required to pay contributions up to the entire cost of the defence.”

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