Rochdale sex gang leader known as ‘Daddy’ launches a new taxpayer-funded legal battle against being deported to Pakistan
- Shabir Ahmed remains in jail for his role in the Rochdale child grooming gang
- He was ordered to return to his native Pakistan following his conviction
- But he and three others are fighting deportation in a long-running legal battle
- He previously branded Theresa May a ‘trouble maker’ at an Immigration Tribunal
The ringleader of the Rochdale child sex ring is continuing to fight his extradition to Pakistan at taxpayer expense.
Shabir Ahmed – who told his victims to call him ‘daddy’ – was the head of the gang portrayed in the shocking BBC drama Three Girls this week.
As the programme shone a further spotlight on the scandal, it emerged that Ahmed – who was jailed in 2012 – is still trying to stay in Britain.
Shabir Ahmed, the ringleader of the Rochdale sex gang, who was played by Simon Nagra in the BBC drama Three Girls (right), is fighting plans to deport him to Pakistan
Ahmed, a Pakistani who acquired British citizenship by naturalisation, was set to be removed from the UK following his conviction for the sickening crimes.
He, along with at least eight others, plied girls as young as 13 with drink and drugs before ‘passing them around’ for sex, their trial heard.
Earlier this year, immigration judges rejected claims that removing them from the UK would affect the welfare of their children.
But they have now been given permission to argue their publicly-funded case before the Court of Appeal.
At an Immigration Tribunal in Manchester last year, Ahmed railed against then-Home Secretary, now Prime Minister, Theresa May.
He said: ‘She (Theresa May) says all her trouble is coming from Muslims, yet she’s the biggest trouble causer in the world.’
(Left to right) Adil Khan, Abdul Aziz and Qari Abdul Rauf are also fighting deportation
Ahmed was jailed for 30 rapes after he and his gang groomed girls in Rochdale (pictured)
He said he was convicted by ‘eleven white jurors’, adding: ‘It’s become fashionable to blame everything on Muslims these days.’
Three times married Ahmed told the court he had four children living in the UK, had lived here for nearly 50 years and had £83,000 in a UK bank account.
Of the nine men convicted over the scandal in 2012, only Shabir Ahmed, 64, who was caged for 22 years, and Mohammed Sajid, 40, who was jailed for 12 years, remain behind bars.
Mohammed Amin, 50; Abdul Qayyum, 49; and Hamid Safi, 27, were all jailed for five years or less and have now completed their sentences.
Adil Khan, 47; Abdul Rauf, 48; Abdul Aziz, 46; and Kabeer Hassan, 30, are all believed to have been released on licence after going beyond the half-way point of their sentences.
The other three mounting the case against deportation are Adil Khan, Abdul Rauf and Abdul Aziz.
The case received renewed attention during the BBC’s Three Girls drama with Maxine Peake
A Home Office spokesman said: ‘All four men have been granted permission to appeal at the Court of Appeal and it would be inappropriate to comment further on ongoing legal proceedings.’
Ahmed, known as Daddy, had previously taken a case to the European Court of Human Rights claiming that his all-white jury was biased and he wasn’t given a fair trial.
But judges in Strasbourg unanimously threw out his case, insisting that there was ‘simply no proof’ jurors acted improperly.
Ex-Labour MP Simon Danczuk slams his old party for refusing to pick social worker who smashed the Rochdale grooming scandal as a candidate for the General Election
Labour party bosses have been slammed for refusing to pick the courageous health worker who smashed the Rochdale grooming scandal to stand as the town’s MP.
Sexual health worker Sara Rowbotham’s brave battle to expose the town’s child sex gangs has been portrayed by Maxine Peake in the hard-hitting BBC1 drama Three Girls this week.
A decision by Labour not to make Rochdale social worker Sara Rowbotham (left) its parliamentary candidate has been criticised by the area’s former MP Simon Danczuk (right)
But she was overlooked for the Labour nomination to run as the town’s MP when the party chose former police and crime commissioner Tony Lloyd.
Former Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk, who spoke to victims and campaigned to raise awareness of the issue, has criticised the decision.
He said: ‘Labour missed a real opportunity to select a candidate with a fantastic track record, who broke up Rochdale’s grooming gang.
‘I wouldn’t be standing as an independent if Sara – a great local councillor – had been chosen. People in Rochdale would have preferred her.’
Ms Rowbotham worked for the NHS’ crisis intervention team in Rochdale from 2004 to 2014 and referred cases of abused girls to police, only for her concerns to be ignored.
Ms Rowbotham’s battle to expose grooming in the town was portrayed by Maxine Peake in the harrowing BBC drama Three Girls this week
Ms Rowbotham said: ‘Tony is the best candidate for Rochdale and will make an excellent MP. I applied for the vacancy and was pleased myapplication to be interviewed by the party was successful.
‘It was a fair and open selection process and the best candidate won. Tony is far more experienced and has the support of the people of Rochdale.’
The Rochdale child abuse scandal
Twelve men were prosecuted for sex trafficking, rape, trafficking and engaging in sexual activity with a child.
The abuse occurred between 2004 and 2009 and the men were sent to trial in 2012. Nine were convicted, of them eight were of British-Pakistani origin and one an Afghan asylum seeker. Three were not convicted.
Shabir Ahmed was the ringleader of a child sex exploitation ring, grooming girls as young as 13 for sex in Rochdale and Bolton. He was given a jailed for conspiracy, two rapes, aiding and abetting rape, sexual assault and sex trafficking.
Top row left to right: Abdul Rauf, Hamid Safi, Mohammed Sajid and Abdul Aziz; Bottom row left to right: Abdul Qayyum, Adil Khan, Mohammed Amin and Kabeer Hassan
Adil Khan, who fathered a child of one victim, received eight years for trafficking a child within the UK for sexual exploitation.
Khan, who is married with one child, fathered the child of a 13-year-old victim.
Mohammed Sajid was jailed for 12 years for rape and trafficking, taxi driver Mohammed Amin got a five-year jail term and asylum seeker Hamid Safi got four years.
Another taxi driver Abdul Aziz was sentenced to nine years for conspiracy and nine years, concurrently, for trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Another taxi driver Abdul Qayyum was jailed for five years. Married father-of-five Abdul Rauf, received six years.
Greater Manchester Police and the Crown Prosecution Service came under fire for how they handled reported claims of rape and abuse and have since apologised.
Greater Manchester Police came under fire for how it handled abuse claims in the town