Aftab Hussain is the Labour Councillor for Smallbridge and Firgrove, a ward in Rochdale, Northern England.
He was first elected in 2011 and is due to serve out his term for another two years, until 2019.
In 2012 Hussain provided a positive character reference at the trial of the convicted paedophile Abdul Qayyum.
Despite Hussain's praise, Qayyum was convicted of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child, one of 9 convicted of grooming and raping adolescent girls as young as 12.
Other community leaders had testified that the grooming and raping of young English girls had been occurring for decades without being reported on. Despite that, Hussain went to court and defended the character of a paedophile who was also his close friend.
In 2013, Hussain apologised for providing the character reference, but that's not enough. Not only did Hussain provide a character reference in court, he even facilitated the acquisition of a licence for the taxi that one of the convicted paedophiles used to rape girls in. Clearly, this is more than just an innocent mistake, regardless of his personal reasoning, Aftab Hussain is obviously completely unfit to serve in public office.
If you agree and want to see the man who supported a convicted paedophile in court removed from office, please sign the petition below.
Cllr. Aftab Hussain is unfit for public office and must step down or face removal with immediate effect.