British-Pakistani brothers found guilty of ‘exploiting’ girls could lose UK citizenship

Pakistani brother were found guilty of multiple rapes, indecent assaults between 1987 and 2003, against 15 victims


News Desk February 26, 2016

Three British-Pakistani brothers who were found guilty of sexually exploiting young girls in northern England could lose their UK citizenship and be deported at the end of their prison sentences.

Brothers Arshid and Basharat Hussain were found guilty of multiple rapes and indecent assaults in the town of Rotherham in Yorkshire between 1987 and 2003, against 15 victims as young as 11.

Their younger brother, Bannaras Hussain, had previously admitted 10 similar charges, while their uncle Qurban Ali was found guilty of conspiracy to rape.

Three British-Pakistani brothers found guilty of ‘exploiting’ girls in UK

The legal powers, already being used against four ringleaders of another sex abuse scandal in Rochdale, can be used against criminals with dual nationality.

Now, the Bristish-Pakistani members of the gang of six men and women from Rotherham are expected to face action to strip them of their UK citizenship after they are sentenced.

Legal proceedings seeking their potential deportation to Pakistan could then follow. Although Home Office sources could not confirm that the action will be taken, they admitted to looking into it.

"Citizenship is a privilege not a right. The Home Secretary can deprive an individual of their citizenship where it is believed it is conducive to the public good to do so," a Home Office spokesperson said.

According to sources at the Home Office, under section 40 of the British Nationality Act 1981, a person can be deprived of their citizenship either where they acquired it using fraud, false representation(s) or concealment of a material fact, or where the Secretary of State is satisfied that doing so is 'conducive to the public good'.

Amendments were made in 2014 to British nationality laws making it easier to strip dual nationals of citizenship who were involved in terrorism, undermining UK's security. The same legal sanctions are now being used to target serious crime, including sex abuse.

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The Home Office recently took legal action against the British-Pakistani ringleader and three other members of a child sex gang in Rochdale who were convicted in 2012 of preying on girls as young as 13. The girls were plied with drink and drugs before they were "passed around" for sex.

An estimated 37 people have had their citizenship revoked since 2000. Their nationalities include: Russian, Somali, Yemeni, Australian, Pakistani, Afghan, Albanian, Egyptian, Lebanese, Sudanese, Vietnamese, Iranian, Iraqi and Nigerian.

This article originally appeared on Sky News.

COMMENTS (2)

Xak | 5 years ago | Reply No please, thank you very much. You can sentence them whatever you want to over there, after all they chose your citizenship. I doubt your laws or punishments are weak enough to make any example out of them; but if they are, pity you. Keep them with you. We have enough trash to deal with here. Oh, if you are still bent on sending them back to their roots, there a few other people and assets you might as well send over.
Bunny Rabbit | 5 years ago | Reply I doubt if today theres anything ' Pakistani' about them . They have roots in Pak , obvious but those in Pak have 'moved on'. The types of such men are caught in a time wrap . If anything ,they are a huge blot on Pak.
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