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Child Sex Ring Trial: Abdul Aziz Claims Accuser Is 'The Devil'

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A man accused of being part of a child sexual exploitation ring has denied being a pimp and said that one of his accusers was "the Devil", a court heard.

Eleven men are on trial at Liverpool Crown Court charged with conspiring to engage children in sexual activity.

Abdul Aziz, 41, of Armstrong Hurst Close, Rochdale, repeatedly denied having sexual relations with any of the alleged victims and called on the prosecution to present "proof" of his wrongdoing.

Taxi driver Aziz, who also denies two counts of rape and one allegation of trafficking for sexual exploitation, spoke with the aid of an interpreter and denied using his cab to transport underage girls to other men who would use them for sex and then pay him.

Rachel Smith, prosecuting, said he took £30 or £40 from men when "he made" one 15-year-old alleged victim "have sex with them".

She said he was working with another teenage girl, who he told police was his "best friend", and who was also "earning money by making" the 15-year-old girl have sex with men at different flats and houses in the area.

Speaking through his interpreter, Aziz - a married father-of-three - said: "No, that's not true. No such thing happened. She is lying and lying again. There's no truth in it. I have not taken her to any flat, to any house."

Later he said the victim had once tried to blackmail him.

He said: "(She) was the Devil."

"She is responsible for us being here today," he added.

Aziz then accused the prosecution of "helping" the victim, "because she lives in this country and I am black and I am Pakistani and all the Greater Manchester Police are supporting her".

When he was asked about his relationship with the girl who allegedly helped him pimp out other young victims, he said: "I had no sexual relationship with her. If you do have any proof then show it."

Aziz said she was just a customer and a friend.

He said she was not his girlfriend and went back on his earlier assertions when he was interviewed by the police that she was his "best friend".

He also denied raping a third girl in his taxi and asked the prosecution to present DNA evidence if they had any.

Earlier, the defendant Kabeer Hassan, 24, of Lacrosse Avenue, Oldham, Greater Manchester, denied raping one of the girls upstairs in a takeaway.

He said: "No, I never had sex with (her). I never touched her. I wouldn't touch her with a barge pole. I used to keep myself to myself. Simple as that."

The prosecution claims that five girls were "shared" and "passed around" for sex by Kabeer Hassan, Abdul Aziz, Abdul Rauf, Mohammed Sajid, Adil Khan, Abdul Qayyum, Mohammed Amin, Qamar Shahzad, Liaquat Shah, Hamid Safi and a 59-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The court heard that some of the girls - aged between 13 and 15 - were raped and physically assaulted and one was forced to have sex with "several men in a day, several times a week".

It was said that the abuse was centred around two takeaways in Heywood, Rochdale, but that girls were also driven to various houses and flats in the North West and Bradford areas.

Hassan, 25, Aziz, 41, Rauf, 43, Sajid, 35, Khan, 42, Qayyum, 43, Amin, 44, Shahzad, 29, Shah, 41, and Safi, 22, all deny conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children under the age of 16 and are all from the Rochdale and Oldham areas of Greater Manchester.

The jury was sent home for the Easter break and the trial will resume on Tuesday.