Ringleader of notorious Rochdale grooming gang WON’T be kicked out of UK after winning his fight against deportation
Grooming gang ring leader Abdul Aziz, known as ‘The Master’ by his fellow abusers, has won his battle against deportation to his native Pakistan
A ringleader of the notorious Rochdale grooming gang has won his battle against deportation back to his native Pakistan, 昨日明らかにされた.
Abdul Aziz, known as ‘The Master’ by his fellow abusers, was stripped of his UK citizenship in 2018 after using human rights laws in a bid to avoid being thrown out of the country.
But while fellow gang members Adil Khan, 52, and Qari Abdul Rauf, 53, are still fighting efforts to send them back to Pakistan, the status of Aziz has been shrouded in secrecy.
The 51-year-old taxi driver, who ferried victims to sex parties as far away as Leeds and Bradford, was convicted of trafficking and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child and jailed for nine years in 2012.
でも昨日, to the outrage of campaigners, it was revealed that in reality, Aziz won his fight to stay in the UK almost four years ago.
The truth was revealed when a barrister representing Rauf in his battle against deportation read out a document which she said then Home Secretary Sajid Javid wrote to Aziz on Hallowe’en 2018.
It revealed that Aziz renounced his Pakistani citizenship on July 13, 2018 – five days before a hearing before the Court of Appeal where he, Rauf and Khan lost their battle against being stripped of British nationality.
結果として, the Home Secretary ‘has decided not to make a deprivation order in respect of you’, the letter went on – meaning Aziz retained his British citizenship.
The Home Office last night failed to deny that Aziz was therefore no longer facing deportation.
Rochdale MP Tony Lloyd, 写真, said Priti Patel had tough questions to answer. 彼は言った: ‘I’m astonished, and the people of Rochdale will share that astonishment, none more so than those whose lives were badly hurt by this gang’
Whistleblower Maggie Oliver, who resigned a detective over failings in how police handled grooming cases in Rochdale, said victims would be ‘horrified’ to learn that Aziz has secretly had his British citizenship restored.
‘All three of them should have been kicked out of the country as soon as they were released from prison,’ 彼女はデイリーメールに話しました.
‘Instead they’ve been given hundreds of thousands of pounds in legal aid to pay for clever lawyers who seek to defend the indefensible.
‘It’s just the latest evidence that our criminal justice system is broken and that victims get no consideration at all.’ Victims have repeatedly told of their incredulity that the trio – all of whom had dual UK-Pakistani nationality – remain in the country a decade after they were jailed.
One told how ‘my heart just stopped beating’ when she spotted Khan shopping in a local Asda.
In response to anger over the delays, the Home Office has said ‘foreign criminals should be in no doubt of our determination to deport them’.
However it last night refused to give any information Aziz, saying it didn’t ‘routinely comment on individual cases’.
Khan and Rauf also renounced their Pakistani citizenship.
However these applications were signed off two months later than Aziz’s application, 法廷は聞いた.
Lawyers for Home Secretary Priti Patel have argued that when Khan made the application, he falsely claimed to the Pakistani authorities that he was ‘assured’ of British citizenship.
The declaration may therefore be ‘null and void’.
However Rauf – who is legally aided – claims he did not sign the papers depriving him of British citizenship until November 2018.
サイモン・ボーズ=リヨンはエリザベス女王の偉大な甥です – who has been granted anonymity by the court – argues that the different treatment of Aziz and Rauf raise questions of ‘consistency of decision-making’.
However Judge Charlotte Welsh yesterday ruled that the letter relating to Aziz’s case was ‘irrelevant’ to the appeal.
Rauf and Khan also argue that deportation would breach their right to private and family life under the European Convention on Human Rights.
Khan previously told the tribunal he shouldn’t be deported back to Pakistan as he is a ‘role model’ for his teenage son and needed to teach the teenager ‘right from wrong’.
But yesterday a barrister representing Miss Patel, Rory Dunlop, QC, said Khan was ‘the worst possible role model’ for a teenage boy due to his ‘vile’ 犯罪.
Meanwhile Rauf had shown no evidence of remorse, 彼が追加した.
A decision on their appeals will be made at a later date.