Four members of a child sex grooming gang are facing deportation to Pakistan after losing a legal battle today to stop the home secretary stripping them of their British citizenship.
Britain’s most senior immigration judge has rejected their appeals against Theresa May’s decision as home secretary to remove their citizenship as a prelude to starting deportation proceedings.
The ruling paves the way for all four men to be removed from the UK, although it is likely to be months if not years before they actually leave.
The four were part of a nine-strong group of men, largely of Pakistani origin, jailed in 2012 for multiple offences against girls as young as 12 who were targeted and trafficked for sex across Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Yorkshire.
Shabir Ahmed, Adil Khan, Abdul Rauf and Abdul Aziz are Pakistani nationals who have also acquired British citizenship.
Rochdale sex grooming gang citizenship appeal fails
Four members of a child sex grooming gang have lost a legal battle to maintain British citizenship.
Shabir Ahmed, Adil Khan, Abdul Rauf and Abdul Aziz, all from Rochdale, challenged a government move that could pave the way for them to be deported to Pakistan.
Ringleader Ahmed, 63, previously claimed his convictions were a conspiracy to “scapegoat” Muslims.