Rochdale grooming gang members to fight deportation from UK by invoking their human rights


From the Manchester Evening News

Two men who were part of the notorious Rochdale grooming gang will fight deportation from the UK by invoking their human rights, a tribunal has heard.

Adil Khan, 51, and Qari Abdul Rauf, 52, have been told they are to be sent back to Pakistan for the public good after both were part of a gang convicted of a catalogue of serious sex offences against young girls. It’s now six years since the Home Office began efforts to deport them.

Today (Thursday) it emerged both are appealing against the deportation order served on them last July, on the grounds of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights – their right to a private and family life. My immediate reaction was ‘pity he didn’t think of his wife and kids when he was out raping young girls’.  I suppose to a practising Muslim of a certain era/location ‘family’ would include several wives, concubines and the possessions of the right hand.

At an immigration tribunal case management hearing held by video-link on Thursday, judges were told that before the Article 8 appeals are heard there must be a hearing to consider the issue of ‘statelessness’.

Khan claims to have renounced his Pakistani citizenship which would make him ‘stateless’ and a bar to deportation. Sonali Naik QC, representing Rauf, who is legally aided, said: “The matter needs to be thoroughly litigated.” Ms Naik said the Article 8 appeals of Rauf and Khan should then be dealt with separately and individually as other similar cases have been dealt with in the past, ‘all the way to Strasbourg’.

Cathryn McGahey QC, representing the Home Office, said the matters should be dealt with jointly as the background facts are the same.

Both Rauf’s and the Government’s lawyers must now instruct experts in Pakistani law for the forthcoming appeal hearing on the issue of statelessness, and the hearing has been adjourned until a date in September – around 13 years after Rauf and Khan first committed the offences.

Last month Khan told a preliminary hearing: “We have not committed that big a crime.”


One Response

  1. What Human Rights? These sub-anthropoids rejected all rights of homo-sapiens by their actions. Is the aim of sending them back to Pakistan a measure of respect for Pakistan and its culture? Will they be returned seated in the cosy baggage compartment or in the fresh air of the plane’s wheel wells?

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