Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I Want the Public to Know the Truth - Shelter Convict

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I Want the Public to Know the Truth - Shelter Convict

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Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime Reporter

AN Operation Shelter convict has written a letter to the media from his prison cell - claiming he's done nothing wrong.

Nadeem Aslam is currently in HMP Durham awaiting sentence after being convicted of serious drug offences as part of the investigation into a network of sex predators who groomed vulnerable girls and women in Newcastle's West End.

He was found not guilty of one count of conspiracy to incite prostitution.

But the 43-year-old has now vowed to clear his name.

And in his two-and-a-half page letter to our sister newspaper The Chronicle, Aslam made shocking claims about the rapist police informant 'XY' and dismissed his own convictions, saying he had been cleared of anything he calls "wrongdoing".

Aslam wrote: "My name is Nadeem Aslam and I am one of the defendants on Operation Shelter. I was cleared of any wrongdoing and I have no sexual charges yet still I have been labelled a 'groomer'. I want the public to know the truth."

Aslam was one of 18 people convicted for an array of offences as part of Northumbria Police's Operation Shelter.

The investigation was launched in early 2014 in response to allegations that vulnerable girls and young women in the West End were being plied with drugs and drink then exploited for sex.

The 17 men and one woman were convicted of offences including rape, trafficking for sexual exploitation and supplying drugs, after jurors heard how troubled girls were lured to parties known as 'sessions' and abused. Aslam, of Belle Grove West, in Spital Tongues, Newcastle, was found not guilty of the sexual offence he was charged with, but he was convicted of two counts of supplying drugs, two counts of possession of drugs and one count of permitting premises to be used for the supply of drugs.

During a series of four trials at Newcastle Crown Court, it was revealed Northumbria Police paid a convicted rapist to infiltrate the sex gang. …

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