Abe Hawken, The Sun, June 16, 2019
ROCHDALE grooming gang victims have been “failed again” after it emerged four men have still not been deported a decade after preying on young girls.
Shabir Ahmed, 66, Qari Abdul Rauf, 50, Abdul Aziz, 48 and Adil Khan, 49, were among nine men convicted in 2012 of a catalogue of serious sex offences against girls as young as 12.
As the only groomers to have dual UK-Pakistani citizenship, they were at risk of being deported back to Pakistan.
However, none of the four appear to have been deported or be facing deportation.
Spotted in the Town
Locals claim that Aziz has also been seen in the town. Khan’s exact whereabouts are not known.
One woman who was abused wet herself and ran into a shop after spotting her attacker in the town centre recently, according to locals.
Meanwhile, another victim bumped into her abuser in a nightclub only last week.
The Home Office will not say whether a decision has been made to deport any of the four.
A spokeswoman said: “We do not routinely comment on individual cases.”
Maggie Oliver, the detective who resigned from Greater Manchester Police and turned whistle-blower over the botched Rochdale inquiry, said they won’t want a “public backlash”.
She said: “It doesn’t surprise me they won’t be straight with their answers after all this time because they don’t want a public backlash.
“Ultimately the truth does have a way of coming out. The process most of these girls have been through has led them to expect very, very little from the authorities.
“They expect nothing and are not disappointed. They have been failed again and again and again.
“They do see some of these men around Rochdale on a fairly regular basis.
“It is really distressing for them, there’s nothing that the girls can do. It’s actually disgraceful.”
Lost Legal Battle
In 2016, 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.
They then fought, and lost, a long legal battle against deprivation of UK citizenship, losing a final Court of Appeal ruling in July last year.
Eight judges, including the Master of the Rolls Lord Justice Sales, have now heard their case and upheld rulings all four should lose UK citizenship rights.
Billy Howarth, founder of Parents Against Grooming UK in Rochdale, said: “We demand an explanation as to why they have not been deported.
“That was one of the promises, that these men would be removed from the country so they would not have to set eyes on them again.
“People are going mad over it, especially the people who live on the same streets with them.”