“What about my rights?”: A Rochdale gang member complains about his treatment in the UK at deportation hearing

A member of a facial care gang in Rochdale complained of his treatment in Britain at a court hearing for his extradition to Pakistan.

Adil Khan, 51, asked, “What about my rights?” He also described how the Interior Ministry took his driver’s license from him and he was “living” on subsidies.

Khan and former taxi driver Qari Abdul Rauf, 52, have been told they will be sent back to Pakistan for the greater good after they were part of a gang convicted in 2012 of a list of serious sexual crimes against young girls in Rochdale and Heywood. .

The two men are appealing their deportation after a six-year legal battle after which they lost the right to remain in the UK.

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Khan got a girl, 13, pregnant, but denied he was her father, then met another girl, 15, and trafficked her with others using violence when she complained.

He was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2012 and released under license four years later.

At an immigration court hearing on Monday to discuss his case, Khan complained about the lack of rights in the UK.

Abdul Raouf |

Speaking through an interpreter from Mirbury, he said, “But I can’t exercise any rights in this country as an individual. I can’t do anything for my family, I just live on my son’s benefits.”

“I can’t take my son to school if it’s raining, and we can’t afford a taxi.

“The police informed me about a month ago that they had canceled my driver’s license, as per the instructions of the Ministry of Interior.”

Judge Nahar Bird, who is presiding over the court hearing, told Khan: “Mr Khan, this hearing is to decide how to proceed with your appeal hearing.

“It is not here to decide whether you should be given a driver’s licence, whether you should be given money, whether you should be sent into custody. That is not the purpose of this hearing.

“This court is here to decide whether the decision of the Home Office to deport you to Pakistan is right or wrong, in law.”

Nine members of the original Rochdale facial care gang were imprisoned in 2012

Raouf, a father of five, trafficked a 15-year-old girl for sex, driving her to secluded areas to have sex with her in his taxi and taking her to an apartment in Rochdale where he had sex with others.

He was sentenced to six years in prison and released in November 2014 after serving two years and six months of his sentence.

Wednesday’s court hearing heard the men’s appeal on two grounds, the first being the “statelessness” case.

Both men have certificates issued by the Pakistani government, which they say legally represent them to renounce Pakistani citizenship.

But it was only done in September 2018, after they were denied British citizenship, and the validity and legality of the documents, under Pakistani law, is called into question.

Khan’s lawyers, who have obtained legal aid, seek expert evidence in Pakistani law.

The second ground of appeal, which will be heard separately, but one by one by the same body of judges, will consider their rights under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, arising from their individual circumstances relating to their own privacy and circumstances. family life.

Judge Byrd adjourned the hearing for another hearing to review the case on November 29, before the main appeal hearing, likely next year, about 10 years after they were convicted along with seven others in 2012.

Both men had both British and Pakistani nationalities, so they were liable to be denied British citizenship and deportation, after then Home Secretary Theresa May decided it would be “in the public interest”.

For two years from early 2008, girls as young as 12 were exposed to alcohol and drugs and gang-raped in rooms above takeaway stores and driven to different apartments in taxis where they were paid in cash for the girls’ use.

Police said as many as 47 girls were prepared.

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