Rochdale grooming gang members who raped girls as young as 13 try to fight deportation saying it breaches human rights07/02/2021
TWO members of a vile Rochdale grooming gang are trying to fight deportation claiming it breaches their human rights.
Adil Khan, 51, and Qari Abdul Rauf, 52, raped girls as young as 13 – including one who fell pregnant – as they preyed on vulnerable youngsters.
The vile pair were told they are going to be booted back to Pakistan after being convicted of a string of sex offences.
But the fiends are fighting the deportation order – insisting it breaches Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, their right to a private and family life.
Khan got a 13-year-old girl pregnant and met another girl, 15, and trafficked her to others, using violence when she complained.
He was sentenced to eight years in 2012 and released on licence four years later.
Dad-of-five Rauf trafficked a 15-year-old girl and raped her in a secluded area before taking her to a flat in Rochdale where others had sex with her.
He was caged for six years and released in November 2014 after serving two years and six months of his sentence.
They were both pair of a nine-strong gang of Asian men convicted of sex offences against vulnerable girls in 2012.
Up to 47 girls as young as 12 were plied with alcohol and drugs and gang-raped across Rochdale during a two-year reign of terror.
Then-Home Secretary Theresa May ordered Khan, Rauf and two others with dual UK-Pakistani citizenship to be deported as it would be "conducive to the public good".
They lost a long legal battle against the deprivation order in 2018 but still remain in Rochdale where their victims are forced to live alongside them.
The case, which has been rumbling on for five years, is now at the centre of an immigration tribunal.
Last month Khan told a preliminary hearing: "We have not committed that big a crime."
He claims to have renounced his Pakistani citizenship which would make him "stateless" and a bar to deportation.
The hearing has been adjourned until a date in September – around 13 years after Rauf and Khan first committed the offences.
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