A member of the notorious Rochdale gang that prepared dozens of girls for sex told a judge that he should not be deported because his son needed a role model.
Adil Khan, 51, and Qari Abdul Rauf, 52, are due to be returned to Pakistan for the public good after their convictions in May 2012.
Since their release from prison, they have waged a lengthy legal campaign to try to avoid being expelled from the UK after their British citizenship was withdrawn.
The men claim that the deportation violates their human rights.
At Khan’s last hearing on Wednesday, the judge asked how his son would be affected if he was returned to Pakistan.
He said through an interpreter: “As you know, the father figure is very important in every culture in the world, to be a role model for the child, to tell him right from wrong.”
He added that his family did not want him back because his bad reputation would be detrimental to their business.
Khan’s abuse included carrying a 13-year-old girl and using the threat of violence to pass on a 15-year-old to other men.
Qari Abdul Rauf, a father of five, has trafficked a 15-year-old girl for sex, driving her in his taxi to secluded areas and to an apartment where he and others abuse her.
The nine-man gang operated for two years from 2008, taking girls as young as 12 with alcohol and drugs and gang-raping them in various locations, sometimes “pimping” them for money.
Police said up to 47 girls were abused. Girls who were groomed by the authorities and were in and out of court were often criminalized.
Their case was highlighted on BBC Three Girls, but there was still anger in Rochdale that none of the men had been deported.
The girl Khan reportedly got pregnant once He came with him “face to face” and with him a child in AsdaThe store ran out in tears.
In April, Greater Manchester Police I apologize to the three victims for failing to protect them. The force admitted: “The GMP could and should do much to protect you and we have failed you.”
Activists criticized the apology as “ten years late” and said the girls had been treated with contempt.
This week’s report also revealed that the leader of the Rochdale gang, Shabbir Ahmed, was previously Serves as a Social Welfare Rights Officer by Oldham Council Despite the multiple concerns raised against him.
Ahmed is serving a 22-year prison sentence.
Khan and Rauf’s hearing against their deportation has been postponed to Thursday.