Two men who were part of the notorious Rochdale grooming gang are fighting against a decision to deport them from the UK.
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. Khan told an immigration tribunal hearing on Tuesday: “We have not committed that big a crime.”
Both are appealing against the deportation order served on them last July, with Khan citing his human rights as reason not to be kicked out of the UK. He also claims to have renounced his Pakistani citizenship which would make him “stateless” and would be a bar to deportation.
Khan got a girl, 13, pregnant but denied he was the father then 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.
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