A member of a notorious UK grooming gang who got a 13-year-old girl pregnant and trafficked a 15-year-old claims he hasn’t “committed that big a crime”.
Pakistanis Adil Khan, 51 and Qari Abdul Rauf, 52, have been told by the UK government they are to be sent back to Patheir country after both were part of a gang convicted of a long list of serious sex offences against young girls in Rochdale, UK.
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.
Khan, Rauf and two others, were among nine Asian men convicted of sex offences against vulnerable girls in 2012.
For two years from early 2008, girls as young as 12 were plied with alcohol and drugs and gang-raped in rooms above takeaway shops and ferried to different flats in taxis where cash was paid to use the girls.
Police said as many as 47 girls were groomed.
Rauf, 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 ferry her to a flat in Rochdale where he and others had sex with her.
He was jailed for six years and released in November 2014 after serving two years and six months of his sentence.
Khan and Rauf were among four of the gang with dual UK-Pakistani citizenship, so liable to be stripped of UK citizenship and deported, after then-home secretary Theresa May ruled it would be “conducive to the public good” to deprive the four of the right to remain in the UK.
Both are appealing against the deportation order served on them in July 2020, with Khan citing his human rights as reason not to be deported.
Speaking at an immigration tribunal hearing on Tuesday, June 8, Khan said that he has renounced his Pakistani citizenship which would make him “stateless” and would be a bar to deportation.
He also complained about the press coverage of the case.
Speaking via a videolink and through a Mirpuri translator, he said: “The journalists have made our lives a living hell.
“We are not that big a criminal. We have not committed that big a crime.
“I’m innocent. I’m not committing any crime.
“The journalists made us out to be big criminals.”
Khan and Rauf are now appealing against the decision by current Home Secretary Priti Patel to deport them.
Cathryn McGahey QC, representing the Home Office, told the tribunal: “The facts supporting deprivation are overwhelming.”
The tribunal heard Khan’s reasons for appealing against deportation are on the grounds of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, his right to a private and family life.
His other ground of appeal was cited as “statelessness” after he renounced his Pakistani nationality in September 2018 so he could not be returned there.
A further deportation hearing involving both Khan and Rauf is scheduled for July 1.