Three members of a  Rochdale grooming gang will be stripped of their British citizenship following a Court of Appeal ruling today.

Abdul Aziz, Adil Khan and Qari Abdul Rauf were jailed back in 2012 after being convictedof preying on girls as young as 13 in Rochdale, plying them with drink and drugs before they were “passed around” for sex.

The gang had appealed against a decision by then then Home Secretary, Theresa May, to strip them of British citizenship as the first step to deporting them but senior judges today rejected a legal challenge by the men, ruling that stripping them of British citizenship was “conducive to the public good”.

Adil Khan , 42, a taxi driver, was found guilty of trafficking and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child and was sentenced to eighteen years,Taxi driver, Abdul Aziz, 41, a married father-of-three,  was cleared of two counts of rape but convicted of trafficking for sexual exploitation and was sentenced to nine years while Abdul Rauf, 43,  a married father-of-five, was convicted of trafficking a child within the UK for sexual exploitation and sentenced to six years.He was released on license in 2015


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