Woman in US charged af­ter hoax 999 calls


Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By JOHN SCHEERHOUT @MENnews­desk

A WOMAN in the US has been charged with cy­ber harass­ment fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions she was be­hind bo­gus 999 calls which twice prompted armed po­lice to raid a fam­ily home in Old­ham.

Nibah Gazi, 40, of Sul­li­van Court, in New Jersey, is ac­cused of com­mit­ting cy­ber harass­ment in that she did ‘con­tin­u­ally, over the last sev­eral months, post, call, swat the vic­tim through the use of the in­ter­net and other elec­tronic de­vices,’ ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments. In Amer­ica, ‘swat­ting’ refers to bo­gus re­ports de­signed to en­sure po­lice or SWaT (Spe­cial Weapons and Tac­tics) teams are called to an ad­dress.

Ms Gazi is charged with ha­rass­ing pro­moter Rangzib Nazir, 51, from Old­ham. The M.E.N. has re­ported how armed po­lice twice car­ried out early morn­ing raids at the fam­ily home of Mr Nazir, owner of Lock­down Pro­mo­tions. On the first oc­ca­sion, he woke his daugh­ter, 18, son, 21 and par­ents, both in their 70s, to show the of­fi­cers they had come to no harm fol­low­ing false ac­cu­sa­tions of abuse. A week later armed po­lice vis­ited his prop­erty again. The raids and other vis­its by un­armed of­fi­cers fol­lowed a se­ries of hoax calls, ac­cord­ing to GMP. Mr Nazir had faced a se­ries of false on­line al­le­ga­tions that he abused his chil­dren. Pro­moter Mr Nazir told the M.E.N he was con­tacted on De­cem­ber 12 last year by some­one who was in­ter­ested in book­ing some acts for an event in the US. He be­came wor­ried when his con­tact re­vealed Rangzib Nazir her­self to be a woman - she had pre­vi­ously claimed to be a man and sug­gested it would be ‘fun’ to put cam­eras in the room to se­cretly record the young acts.

When he told her he wanted noth­ing more to do with the deal, she is said to have vowed to ‘de­stroy’ him and call him a pae­dophile on­line.

Mr Nazir said: “She started putting mes­sages up on so­cial me­dia that I’m a pae­dophile and my as­so­ciates are pae­dophiles and that my col­leagues are all part of a groom­ing group.”

Fol­low­ing our story, an of­fi­cial at New Jersey Courts, for­warded to the M.E.N. de­tails of the sin­gle charge Ms Gazi faces.

She called the M.E.N. and de­nied the al­le­ga­tion.

Other peo­ple have also claimed they were trolled.

They in­clude a DJ, Rizwan Mah­mood, also known as Rzi Riz, found po­lice had smashed down the front door of his home in Thorn­comb Road, Moss Side, on Septem­ber 20 af­ter a false re­port that a child was be­ing killed in­side the prop­erty.

Rangzib Nazir, who has been the vic­tim of harass­ment

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