A member of the infamous Rochdale gang that primed dozens of girls for sex has told a judge he shouldn’t be deported because his son needs a role model.
Adil Khan, 51, and Qari Abdul Rauf, 52, are being returned to Pakistan for the public good after their convictions in May 2012.
Since being released from prison, they have waged a lengthy legal campaign to avoid being deported from the UK after their UK citizenships were revoked.
The men claim that deportation would violate their human rights.
At Khan’s latest hearing on Wednesday, the judge asked what the consequences would be for his son if he were returned to Pakistan.
Through an interpreter, he said: “As you know, in every culture in the world, the father figure is very important, to be a role model for the child, to tell him or her right from wrong.”
He added that his family did not want him back because his disgrace would be bad for their business.
Khan’s abuse included impregnating a 13-year-old and using the threat of violence to pass a 15-year-old to other men.
The father of five, Qari Abdul Rauf, also trafficked a 15-year-old girl for sex. He took her in his taxi to remote areas and to a flat where he and others would abuse her.
Starting in 2008, the gang of nine men operated on girls aged 12 and above with alcohol and drugs and gang rape in various locations, sometimes ‘pimping’ them for money.
At least 47 girls were assaulted, police said. The girls being cared for were often criminalized by the authorities and were in and out of court.
Their case was dramatized on the BBC’s Three Girls programme, but there is still anger in Rochdale that none of the men have been deported.
Khan girl reportedly got pregnant once came face to face with him and a child in Asdaand ran out of the store crying.
In April, Greater Manchester Police apologized to three victims for not protecting it. Police admitted: “GMP could and should have done a lot more to protect you and we disappointed you.”
Campaigners criticized the apology as “10 years late” and said the girls were treated with contempt.
A report this week also revealed that the leader of the Rochdale gang, Shabir Ahmed, had once been employed as a welfare officer at Oldham Council despite multiple objections being raised against him.
Ahmed is serving a 22-year sentence.
Khan and Rauf’s hearing against their deportation has been postponed to Thursday.