"[He] is like a malignant knot in the body of civil society"
A paedophile who was deported from the UK 10 years ago has been sentenced to death in Pakistan.
Sohail Ayaz received the sentence on November 18, 2020, after police said he admitted raping 30 children in the country.
Officers also said they discovered tens of thousands of pornographic images and videos of children on computers belonging to Ayaz.
The offending began before his arrival in the UK in January 2008.
He was previously convicted of molesting and photographing a 14-year-old boy.
In November 2008, Ayaz was given a job as a grants monitoring officer at Save the Children in London.
He was not subjected to a background check because his job did not directly involve working with children, however, investigators believe his long-term plan was to qualify for a role that did involve contact.
Officers were alerted to Ayaz after Italian police arrested a paedophile who said Ayaz had provided him with the names of 15 Romanian children to be abused.
British police were informed and they began investigating Ayaz.
Ayaz was arrested in February 2009 at the charity’s headquarters and eventually jailed for four years after he admitted raping a 14-year-old boy.
Police then found thousands of indecent images of children at his home in Barking, east London.
Some of the pictures depicted babies while others showed “distressed” children being tied up or blindfolded.
Ayaz admitted having 397 indecent pictures of children and another 112 video clips. Police said they had been gathered through file sharing on the “dark web” with a network of other paedophiles.
Ayaz was jailed for four years and deported upon release. He was later convicted in Italy and deported again, ending up back in Pakistan.
In November 2019, he was arrested for allegedly drugging and raping a 13-year-old boy in a four-day ordeal.
According to police, Ayaz was working as a government consultant at the time. Officers said he filmed the assault and shared the video with other paedophiles.
During questioning, Ayaz admitted kidnapping and raping 30 other children in various cities around Pakistan.
Officers searched his home and discovered tens of thousands of pornographic videos and images.
Passing sentence, Judge Jehangir Ali Gondal said:
“[He] is like a malignant knot in the body of civil society and deserves nothing but a harsh surgical treatment.
“He shall be hanged by neck till his death, subject to confirmation of sentence of death by the Lahore High Court.
“The act of the accused is inhuman – worse than a beast because even in the world of beasts there is no concept to ravage the innocence of cubs.
“He deserves no leniency or sympathies in awarding the death sentence.”
The sentence will now be sent to Lahore’s High Court for confirmation. A date for the execution will then be set.
A spokesperson for Save the Children said:
“Save the Children expressed its shock when Ayaz was convicted in 2009 of appalling child sex offences.”
“At the time of his conviction in the UK, the organisation also stressed that Ayaz had no access to children or their details while briefly working as an Assistant Grant Monitoring Officer.
“He had been employed by Save the Children UK for 12 weeks in a role that did not involve direct contact with children.
“Today, all Save the Children UK employees are subject to criminal checks.
“We also share with other prospective employers information about individuals relating to any safeguarding misconduct.”