Paedophile Rochdale grooming gang member, 51, who is battling decision to send him back to Pakistan suggests his prosecution was racist during ‘long rant’ at deportation hearing
- Adil Khan, 51, described his conviction to a tribunal as ‘allegations’ against him
- Khan, part of a Rochdale gang convicted in 2012, said it was a ‘laughing matter’
- Since his release from jail, he has fought a long legal battle against deportation
- The gang raped girls as young as 12, while Khan himself impregnated a teenager
A member of the notorious Rochdale grooming gang who impregnated a teenage girl during its two-year reign of terror is fighting against deportation to Pakistan, arguing it will interfere with his human rights.
Adil Khan, 51, appeared before an immigration tribunal today where he went on a ‘long rant’ denying the crimes he was convicted of and suggested his prosecution was racist.
Khan referred to his convictions as ‘allegations’ and told the tribunal panel it was a ‘laughing matter’.
Khan, speaking through a Miripuri translator, said: ‘I’m today denying it, and I was denying it at the time as well and in the future, never will such a thing happen.’
The translator later described Khan as ‘going on a long rant’.
Adil Khan, 51 (pictured), a member of the notorious Rochdale grooming gang who got a 13-year-old girl pregnant, has told a judge that he should not be deported to Pakistan because his son needs a role model
Khan, along with Qari Abdul Rauf, 52, have been told they will be returned to Pakistan because of their roles in the gang – for which they were convicted of a string of serious sex offences in May 2012.
Since their release from jail, they have fought a long legal battle to stay in the country – mounting multiple legal challenges and appeals on the grounds that deportation would interfere with their human rights.
Khan was questioned by government lawyer, Rory Dunlop QC, about his conviction for conspiracy to engage in sex with a child and trafficking another girl for sexual exploitation.
Khan, then in his 40s, impregnated one girl, refusing to accept the child was his until a DNA test was done.
He then met the other girl whom he trafficked to others for sex, using violence when she objected.
Khan said he only knew 10 words of English so could not groom anyone and denied being part the gang.
Mr Dunlop said the judge in Khan’s trail had described the suggestion the prosecutions were racially motivated as ‘nonsense.’
Khan replied; ‘I understand the racial basis and this is the real reason as well. The Home Office falsely levelled an allegation against me.’
Mr Dunlop said: ‘You treated those 15-year-old girls as worthless and undeserving of basic respect and decency because they were not part of your religion or community, is that right?’
Khan replied: ‘Religion should not come in between whatever I have done myself.’
He told the tribunal he was in a relationship with the 15-year-old he got pregnant but denied any involvement with the other girl.
Adil Khan, 51, and Qari Abdul Rauf, 52 (pictured), have been told they will be sent back to Pakistan for the good of the British public, after both were part of a gang convicted of a catalogue of serious sex offences in May 2012
And Khan said his family had accepted he made a ‘mistake’ and forgiven him.
He said he had not told his teenage son of his conviction and that son had never asked about what he described as ‘this laughing matter’.
Earlier, Judge Charlotte Welsh told the hearing the tribunal must consider Khan’s level of integration into British life, both culturally and socially, and his contribution to society.
Failure to deport any of the grooming gang has led to anger in Rochdale, where victims were living alongside their tormentors, and this has led to public criticism of a number of home secretaries.
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 took advantage of her.
For two years, from 2008, the gang of men in Rochdale preyed on girls as young as 12, plying them with alcohol and drugs before they were sexually abused in rooms above takeaway shops and taken to different flats in taxis where cash was paid to use them.
As many as 47 girls were groomed. The appeal hearing against both men continues.