- Judge says nine-strong gang partly preyed on five girls, aged between 13 and 15, because they were from different 'community and religion'
- Judge Gerald Clifton dismisses defendants' claims that prosecution was 'triggered by race'
- But legal counsel for one of the convicted men says he will launch an appeal on the basis of a tweet by BNP leader Nick Griffin
- Opportunity to catch the paedophiles missed after complaint four years ago"
- As many as 47 vulnerable girls were plied with alcohol, gifts and money
- They were then passed around for sex with 'several men a day'
- At least one victim forced to have sex with 20 men in one night, police say
- Former Labour MP Ann Cryer says gang were left to it because police feared being branded racist
- Muslim leader warns that some British Pakistani men 'think that white teenage girls are worthless and can be abused without a second thought'
- Labour MP Keith Vaz warns against
opening Pandora's Box over race relations
by blaming a particular race or religion
for grooming girls"
The ringleader, a 59-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, was jailed for a total of 19 years for conspiracy, two counts of rape, aiding and abetting a rape, sexual assault and a count of trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation.
Evil: Abdul Qayyum , 43, was sentenced to five years for conspiracy. Mohammed Amin 45, was handed five years for conspiracy and sexual assault. The gang's 59-year-old ringleader, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced to 19 years in jail;
Monsters: Abdul Aziz 41, was given nine years for conspiracy and trafficking for sexual exploitation. Mohammed Sajid , 35, received 12 years tor conspiracy, trafficking, one count of rape and one count of sexual activity with a child;
Scum: Hamid Safi 22, was given four years for conspiracy and trafficking but not guilty of two counts of rape. Adil Khan 42, was found guilty of conspiracy and trafficking for sexual exploitation;
- KabeerHassan 25, was jailed for nine years for conspiracy and rape. Abdul Rauf , 43, was found guilty of conspiracy and trafficking for sexual exploitation and jailed for six years
The defendant was previously banned from court because of his threatening behaviour and for calling the judge a 'racist b******'
- Simon Nichol, defending, earlier said that his
client did not wish to attend the sentencing hearing and had ordered the
barrister not to put any mitigation before the judge on his behalf.
- Mr Nichol said: 'He has objected from the
start for being tried by an all white jury and subsequent events have confirmed
- He does not take back any of the comments he
has made to your honour, to the jury, or to anyone else in the court during the
course of the trial.
'He believes his convictions have nothing to do with justice but result from the faith and the race of the defendants.
- He further believes that society failed the
girls in this case before the girls even met them and now that failure is being
blamed on a weak minority group.'
The judge called the defendant an 'unpleasant and hypocritical bully'.
Claims: Fears that they would be branded racist meant that police and social services allowed the gang to continue with their sick crimes, former MP Ann Cryer, pictured, claimed today
- The 59-year-old ordered the first victim to
have sex with Hassan as a 'treat' for his birthday. He raped the girl, who was
then aged 15.
Taxi driver Abdul Aziz, 41, of Rochdale, was sentenced to nine years for conspiracy and nine years, concurrently, for trafficking for sexual exploitation.
- The married father-of-three took over from the
59-year-old as the main trafficker of the victims and was paid by various men to
supply girls for sex.
Married father-of-five Abdul Rauf, 43, of Rochdale, was jailed for six years for conspiracy and six years, concurrently, for trafficking for sexual exploitation.
The religious studies teacher at a local mosque asked a 15-year-victim if she had any younger friends and would drive some of the girls to other men, who would use them for sex, despite knowing they were underage.
- Mohammed Sajid, 35, of Rochdale, was sentenced
to 12 years for rape, six years for conspiracy, one year for trafficking and six
years, all concurrent, for sexual activity with a child.
Known as 'Saj', he would regularly ply victims with alcohol before having sex with them at his flat, where groups of men would gather and 'pass around' the girls. He will be deported back to Pakistan following the conclusion of his sentence.
- Adil Khan, 42, of Rochdale, was given eight
years for conspiracy and eight years, concurrently, for trafficking for sexual
Khan, who is married with one child, fathered the child of a 13-year-old victim who believed she was in love with him.
- Mohammed Amin, 45, of Rochdale, was sentenced
to five years for conspiracy and 12 months, concurrently, for sexual
He was a driver for Eagle Taxis for 14 years and was known as 'Car Zero'. He is married with school aged children.
- Abdul Qayyum, 44, of Rochdale, was jailed for five years for conspiracy. He was a driver for Streamline Taxis in Middleton, Greater Manchester, and was known by the name 'Tiger'.
- Illegal immigrant Hamid Safi, 22, of no fixed
address, was jailed for four years for conspiracy and one year, concurrently,
He sneaked into the UK on a lorry in 2008 and claimed to have fled Afghanistan because his uncle was murdered by the Taliban. He was released from a detention centre in Birmingham in March 2009 when he moved to Rochdale.
- Safi will be deported back to Afghanistan following his sentence"