If you thought the Democrat IT scandal couldn’t possibly get any crazier, think again. Because now it has been revealed that Imran Awan, the ringleader of the Pakistani clan under criminal investigation for allegedly stealing equipment and data from Congress, allegedly also beat Muslim immigrant women in his spare time.
Police reports obtained by The Daily Caller show that several woman outside of Awan’s marriage to Hina Alvi have contacted law enforcement to report various forms of abuse at his hands, including battery, wiretapping, and threatening family members of one of the women.
In a recent piece designed to minimize the scandal, the Washington Post reported that the indicted former IT aide was popular with House Democrats because he was “charismatic and accommodating.” That may be so, but he also apparently had a dark and sinister side.
According to the police reports, he “bloodied” one girlfriend and treated another one like his personal slave. He allegedly intimidated his stepmother by telling her that he had the power to have people kidnapped back home in Pakistan.
Officers found one of the women bloodied and she told them she “just wanted to leave,” while the second said she felt like a “slave,” according to Fairfax County Police reports obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group. A third woman claime d she was being kept “in captivity.”
The third woman is Awan’s stepmother, Samina Gilani, who said in court documents that Awan invoked his authority as a congressional employee to intimidate immigrant women, in part by telling them he had the power to have people kidnapped.
All but two of the nearly two dozen Democratic women Awan worked for in the House declined to comment on the police reports.
[Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz] the former Democratic National Committee chairwoman, refused to fire Awan for months after his Feb. 2, 2017 banishment from the House computer network due to his being a suspect in a criminal investigation by the FBI and U.S. Capitol Police into a major cybersecurity breach.
Wasserman Schultz, in fact, went out of her way to make sure Awan could remain employed after he was barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives. As the Sun-Sentinel reported in July, she developed a job description that allowed him “to continue to do work … until such time as there were other charges brought or we had some evidence that there was something that was produced that warranted further action.”
She finally fired him on July 25 after he was arrested at Washington’s Dulles International Airport trying to leave the country for Pakistan.
“The right-wing media circus fringe has immediately focused not on this run-of-the-mill investigation just reporting the facts, but jumped to outrageous, egregious conclusions that they were trying to, that they have ties to terrorists and that they were stealing data,” she said.
Wasserman Schultz said in a statement that “as a mother, a Jew, and a member of Congress,” she “was committed to doing what’s right and just,” a sentiment echoed by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) and Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.). Wasserman Schultz also suggested that the allegations against Awan were Islamophobic.
As the DCNF points out, all three of Awan’s alleged victims were Muslim women.
The two women who called the police both lived in the same Alexandria, Va., complex but in different apartments for which Imran paid.
A crying Salam Chaudry called police in December 2015 to the Manitoba Apartment complex for a “domestic dispute,” according to a Fairfax County police report.
The investigating officer wrote that “Imran Awan was not supposed to live there and [Chaudry] wanted him to leave … It appeared that the two people were in a romantic relationship. Ms. Salam had a [redacted] that she said happened when she was doing dishes. Ms. Salam said she just wanted to leave and go to a shelter as she has no money. Ms. Salam has two children that were both at the residence both under the age of 8.”
The officer wrote that he “asked Ms. Salam why she was crying and calling police. Ms. Salam insisted nothing happened but that she wanted to leave. I went and spoke to Mr. Awan who quickly advised that he wanted to speak with a lawyer.”
“I asked him about the small amount of dried blood that appeared to be on his left hand,” the officer wrote. “He stated that it was from when his ‘roommate’ was getting the phone from him … After he left, I stayed and spoke with Ms. Salam about getting a protective order.”
Samara Siddique told authorities in a July 18, 2016 police report that “her boyfriend treat her bad and keep her there like a slave … [she] wants him out of her life. Ms. Siddique wanted info on how to obtain a restraining order against him.” The July 18 incident was the third time in less than a year police had responded to altercations between Siddique and Awan, once finding “small cut[s] on stomach and arm.”
The stepmother, Gilani, said on page 22 of this court document that after she had called the police, “Imran Awan showed up and threatened me for calling the police. Mr. Shahid Imran Awan threatened that he is very powerful and if I ever call the police [he] will do harm to me and my family members back in Pakistan and one of my cousins here in Baltimore.”
She continued: “Imran Awan did admit to me that my phone is tapped and there are devices installed in my house to listen my all conversations … Imran Awan introduces himself as someone from US Congress or someone from federal agencies … Imran Awan manages to have police mobile based on his position in US congress or Federal Agencies to escort him during his visit to Pakistan.”
Gilani told TheDCNF that Imran “captivated me in house for a long time” and accused him of “storing ill-gotten money in his father’s name.”
Gilani claimed Siddique is Awan’s second wife by Pakistani law, but that he had taken her copy of the marriage license away from her in order to render her helpless. Polygamy is illegal in the U.S.
“I believe that I did the right thing, and I would do it again,” Wasserman Schultz told the Sun-Sentinel back in July. “There are times when you can’t be afraid to stand alone, and you have to stand up for what’s right.”