A mosque teacher who subjected two young girls to an ordeal of sex abuse at Koran lessons in Edinburgh has been jailed for seven years. Mahmood Qadri, 60, began preying on the children during the 1990s while helping the pupils learn the book of Islam. A judge at the High Court in Edinburgh was told Qadri maintained he was wrongly convicted of the charges. Qadri had denied two charges of lewd and libidinous behaviour at Polwarth Mosque but was earlier convicted. But temporary judge John Morris QC told him: “Because of the gravity of the crimes of which you were convicted a custodial sentence is the only appropriate disposal in your case.” He said: “Because you have been convicted of sexual offences I am concerned that the public, and in particular young children, are adequately protected from serious harm from you when you are eventually released.”

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