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The chief executive of children's charity Barnardo's has welcomed the sentencing of nine men for child sexual exploitation today but warned there needed to be "drastic changes" to the law.
Adil Khan's solicitor said throughout this trial there have been attempts by far right groups to influence the outcome. He added that the impartiality of the jury may have been compromised.
Men being taken away one by one after Judge passes the sentences. Translators in the dock are relaying his words but none of the men are giving any reaction.
The Judge then tells the jury: "I and the people of Britain must be grateful to you".
All nine men have been sentenced to between four and 19 years.
A 59-year-old man, who was seen as the ringleader in the grooming case and cannot be named for legal reasons, was previously banned from court because of his threatening behaviour and for calling the judge a "racist bastard".
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.
Illegal immigrant Hamid Safi, 22, was jailed for four years for conspiracy and one year, concurrently, for trafficking.
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. His barrister Stuart Duke told the court the offences were "not something he orchestrated or instigated".
Abdul Qayyum, 44, 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".
Philip Boyd, defending, said of his client: "He is a hard-working man of significant character in his community. He has a young family and wife who will be placed under considerable pressure by this conviction."
Mohammed Amin, 45, was sentenced to five years for conspiracy and 12 months, concurrently, for sexual assault.
He was a taxi driver for 14 years and was known as "Car Zero". He is married with school aged children.
Simeon Evans, in mitigation, said: "He has no previous convictions and no previous complaints about his character in 13 years of working as a taxi driver."
Adil Khan, 42, was given eight years for conspiracy and eight years, concurrently, for trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Khan, who is married with one child, fathered the child of a 13-year-old victim who believed she was in love with him.
Tina Landale, defending, said Khan had "lost everything" and that his family had been subjected to racist abuse since he was arrested.
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