Grooming Gang Who Received $1M To Fight Deportation, Still In UK After 10 Years
Victims of pedophile gang say they have been failed by British justice system
The UK government has been accused of failing the victims of the Rochdale child grooming gang after it emerged the pedophiles still haven't been deported despite a judge ruling they lost their British citizenship.
Last year Neon Nettle reported that the gang members received over $1 million in taxpayer-funded legal aid to fight deportation.
The gang members, who raped children as young as 13 years old, are being assisted in retaining their British passports to remain in the country.
Shabir Ahmed, 66, Qari Abdul Rauf, 50, Abdul Aziz, 48 and Adil Khan, 49, were among the nine gang members convicted in 2012 for a horrific string of sex offenses against girls as young as 12.
Eight judges upheld rulings that all four, who have both Pakistani and UK citizenship, that they should lose their right to UK citizenship.
But none of them have been deported, or appear to be facing deportation.
Locals have reported some members back at their home address in Rochdale, and even victims have 'bumped into' their attackers in the street following their release from prison.
One victim, who was abused by the pedophile gang when she was a child, wet herself after spotting her attacker in a shop.
Another bumped into her abuser in a nightclub.
The UK home office has refused to say whether the decision to deport the gang members have been made, leaving the victims living in fear.
Police detective Maggie Oliver, who resigned after the botched inquiry:
"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," she said.
"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," she added.
"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."
Judges admitted that the decision to strip an individual of UK citizenship, known as a deprivation order, doesn't automatically lead to a deportation order.
Lawyers say that the grooming gang members will invoke the European Convention on Human Rights to argue their right o a family would be affected if they were removed from the UK.
Ms. Oliver added:
"Once you commit these horrific offenses, your human rights should come second."
"It makes me really angry, and it’s really upsetting when you think what they have done that they even have any 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."