- Shabir Ahmed, 63, has lost a human rights fight to overturn his conviction
- He was leader of Asian grooming gang that preyed on girls as young as 13
- Despite crimes, he said he was victim of conspiracy to scapegoat Muslims
- He is currently serving a 22-year jail-term after being found guilty in 2012
- Case to overturn conviction thrown out - 'no proof' jurors acted improperly
Shabir Ahmed, 63, the leader of an Asian grooming gang that preyed on girls as young as 13 in Rochdale and Bolton, has lost a human rights fight to overturn his conviction
The leader of an Asian grooming gang that preyed on girls as young as 13 has lost a human rights fight to overturn his conviction.
Despite destroying the lives of dozens of young girls in Rochdale and Bolton, paedophile Shabir Ahmed claimed he was the victim of a conspiracy to scapegoat Muslims.
In a kick in the teeth for his victims, the 63-year-old pervert attempted to exploit controversial human rights laws to argue that his criminal convictions were unsafe.
He is serving a 22-year jail sentence after being found guilty in 2012 of befriending vulnerable teenagers, plying them with alcohol and raping them.
Ahmed, known as Daddy, took his case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) claiming that his all-white jury was biased – a breach of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights, guaranteeing a fair trial.
He claimed jury members passed information about their deliberations directly to far-right organisations who were hostile to the defendants.
He argued that because then British National Party chairman Nick Griffin had posted on social media that some defendents had been found guilty before verdicts had been returned, it showed the jury was impartial.
But judges in Strasbourg unanimously threw out his case, insisitng that there was 'simply no proof' jurors acted improperly. They dismissed the claim as 'manifestly ill-founded'.
Rejecting the divorced father of four's legal bid, the ECHR said: 'If it had been proven that a juror had passed confidential information on the jury deliberations to far-right organisations, this would suggest that the juror and the jury as a whole had lacked impartiality.
'However, there was simply no proof that that had happened. There was no evidence to establish that it [the jury] had been impartial.'
It said there were 12 safeguards at the trial to ensure the jury at the Liverpool Crown Court trial was unbiased.
Complaints of jury impartiality had also previously been investigated by the UK' s Criminal Cases Review Commission and found to be without substance, the ECHR noted.
In what critics will see as a massive abuse of human rights laws, takeaway worker Ahmed also argued that the case against him had been 'tailored by police to fit anti-Muslim prejudice'.
He said this was a breach of Article 3 of the convention, which prohibits inhuman and degrading treatment.
He moaned that media coverage of the trial had breached Article 8 – his right to a private and family life – while there had also been a breach of Article 14 as he claimed he had suffered racial and religious discrimination.
Ahmed, who is serving his sentence at HMP Wakefield, told the ECHR that the trial was all part of a conspiracy to besmirch Muslims.
But the court threw out his 'wide range of other complaints'. It said: 'None of the evidence before it [the ECHR] demonstrated that there was substance to these claims.'
Ahmed was the ringleader of a child sex exploitation ring grooming girls as young as 13 for sex. If the victims did not submit they were plied with cheap vodka and raped.
The pervert was given a 19-year sentence for conspiracy, two rapes, aiding and abetting rape, sexual assault and sex trafficking.
He was later jailed for a further 22 years, to run concurrently, for 30 child rapes after a separate trial. The court heard that he repeatedly raped a young Asian girl for more than a decade, treating her as a 'possession' to use for his own sexual gratification.
During the trial he had launched a series of tirades, including one in which he tried to blame Western society for allowing young girls to 'parade on the streets' where they could be preyed on by men such as him.
Earlier this year, the Mail reported how Ahmed was the latest in a series of of serious foreign criminals attempting to avoid being kicked out of Britain by claiming their human rights had been violated.
In a move popular with swathes of the public, the Tories have pledged to scrap Labour's controversial Human Rights Act.