- Mohammad Siddiqur Rahman Chowdhury, an Islamic Studies teacher in Bethnal Green, had undergone CRB checks
- He is now being investigated by the Home Office
- He was sentenced to life in prison in absentia for the 1997 murder of Hazi Akbor Ali
PUBLISHED: 15:57 GMT, 25 November 2012 | UPDATED: 16:20 GMT, 25 November 2012
A man convicted of murder in Bangladesh is teaching at a secondary school in east London after checks into his criminal history failed, it has been revealed today.
Mohammad Siddiqur Rahman Chowdhury, an Islamic Studies teacher in Bethnal Green, is being investigated by the Home Office after it was revealed he was found guilty of murder in absentia in his native Bangladesh.
The teacher had undergone a Criminal Record Bureau check (CRB) but the conviction was not unearthed as the crime had happened overseas.
Chowdhury has denied the murder, claiming he was framed, and that it was actually committed by his brother who is now dead.
The case has highlighted a problem with CRB checks which can lead to crimes committed overseas going undetected.
Chowdhury, 38, has been employed as a teacher at the Darul Hadis Latifiah School in east London since 2001.
But he was wanted for the 1997 murder of Hazi Akbor Ali, The Sunday Times reports, in what was allegedly a family dispute.
Although six people were charged, including his brother Seraj and father, they were acquitted and only Chowdhury was convicted in the 2005 trial.
The father of two – who was made a UK citizen after marrying a British woman in 2001 – was sentenced to life in prison in absentia.