Two members of the notorious Rochdale grooming gange who raped children as young as young as 12 are fighting deportation from the UK, claiming their human rights are being infringed - a tribunal 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.
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Adil Khan (pictured left), 51 and Qari Abdul Rauf (right), 52, have been told they are to be deported from the UK for the public good after both were part of a notorious gang convicted of a catalogue of serious sex offences against young girls
The convicted child trafficker was seen at a local Lidl stocking up on supplies in April this year
On 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.
Khan got a 13-year-old girl 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.
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 ferrying 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.
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.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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