A GANG of 12 men have appeared in court charged with a string of sexual offences against a young girl.
The men appeared at Leeds Magistrates Court on Tuesday 3rd June following a protracted investigation by the Leeds District Safeguarding Unit.
Their case was sent to Leeds Crown Court where all 12 men will appear in the dock on June 17 for a preliminary hearing.
Nasir Sultan, 24 of Leeds, is charged with three counts of rape of a girl aged 13-15.
Amir Zaman, 24 of Leeds is charged with four counts of penetrative sexual activity with a child.
Awais Butt, 31, of Leeds is charged with sexual activity with a child and attempting to supply a class B drug.
Farakh Younis, 23, of Leeds is charged with sexual activity with a child.
Junaid Rashid, 21, of Leeds is charged with inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
Tariq Islam, 20, of Leeds is charged two counts and sexual touching of a girl aged 13 and kidnap.
Shazabe Hussain, 20, of Leeds and Javed Uddin, 20, of Leeds are charged with penetration of a 13 year old.
Asif Khan and Zehn Mahmood, both aged 19 and from Leeds, are charged with two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
Abid Younis, 34, of Beeston, Leeds is charged with four counts of sexual activity with a child
Arshid Younis, 29, of Beeston, Leeds is charged with two counts of sexual activity with a child and offering to supply a Class A drug.
Eleven of the men were granted unconditional bail.
Speaking at the time the men were charged, Chief Superintendent Paul Money, District Commander for Leeds, said: “The alleged offences relate to one, female juvenile victim from the local community and follow a protracted investigation which began in October 2012.”
Due to the complexity of this case we at The Nationalist Correspondant are unable to comment further, but we will be following it with some interest.