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Prominent Muslim community leader charged with rape

Farooq Siddique, a former government adviser and prominent Muslim community leader has appeared in court charged with a number of rapes and assaults against the same woman.

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Farrooq Siddique Credit: ITV West Country

A former government advisor and Muslim community leader has appeared at Bristol Crown Court charged with a number of rapes, assaults and threats to kill.

Farooq Siddique, who has previously advised the government on tackling extremism, has been charged with three counts of raping a woman in Bristol between 2009 and 2014, as well as assaulting the same woman in Cheltenham in 2010 and in Gloucester between 2013 and 2015.

He told the court he would plead "absolutely not guilty" and was given bail. A plea and directions hearing has been scheduled for 8th February next year and his trial is due to start on 4th April.

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