Father of the suspected child rapist, who was arrested on Tuesday and confessed to having abused at least 30 children, has said that he would fight his son’s case while boasting of his family’s connections within the army.
Rawalpindi police on Tuesday arrested Sohail Ayaz from the city’s Rawat area for allegedly running a child pornography group and live-streaming videos of the sexual assaults over the dark web.
Ayaz is suspected to have kidnapped and raped multiple children.
In a viral video that started doing rounds over the internet following Ayaz’s arrest, Sohail’s father was seen complained that his son’s face had not been hidden by the police, which had brought shame to his family.
He said that he would fight his son’s case to the very end, adding that he had connections in high places. “We have around two dozen high-profile army officers in the family,” the suspect’s father can be seen telling the person recording the video.
“The police’s press conference brought shame to the family,” he added.
He also denied the claim that he had disowned his son and maintained the police must have “tortured him into confessing to the crimes”.
According to Rawalpindi City Police Officer (CPO) Captain Faisal Rana, the alleged sexual predator has confessed to raping at least 30 minors and was earlier deported from both Britain and Italy after serving jail sentences for similar crimes.
CPO Rana noted that the suspect was employed at a child protection institution in Britain and it was there that he started sexually abusing children. Pictures and videos were recovered from the arrested suspect.
The latest of Ayaz’s crimes was when he raped a labourer’s daughter, police have said, stressing that more confessions were expected from him. Some reports indicate that he drugged and sexually assaulted a 13-year-old boy for four days and filmed the traumatic ordeal to threaten the child.
Further, Rawalpindi Police citing CPO Rana mentioned on Twitter that police would register cases of child abuse on its behalf if the survivors’ parents were unable to do so due to societal pressure.
Rana added that they also approached federal law enforcement agencies to recover the children’s explicit videos and pictures from the possession of the suspect.