A jailed child sex trafficker involved in the Rochdale sex ring scandal is appealing against his conviction claiming a breach in jury confidentiality.
Adil Khan, 42, of Oswald Street, Rochdale is one of the nine found guilty for Greater Manchester’s biggest child exploitation case and was jailed for eight years.
However, following a tweet by the leader of the British National Party Nick Griffin which revealed that seven men were convicted last Thursday, Khan will appeal.
Alias Yousaf, Khan’s solicitor, said outside court: “It is of great concern that the chairman of the British National Party appeared to have been aware of the verdicts before they were even communicated to the court.
“We are left with no option but to conclude that the confidentiality of the jury’s deliberations must have been breached and we submit the proper inference should be drawn that there must have been improper communication from within the jury room to Nick Griffin and perhaps others.”
Mr Griffin posted the comment on Twitter two and a half days into the jury’s consideration and revealed that seven med were already convicted.
Mr Yousaf added: ”The impartiality of the jury may have been compromised”
He later withdrew his comment after he was told the jury had not officially returned any verdicts.
Investigations into Mr Griffin’s comment said that it was ‘100% accurate’ of the jury’s deliberation at the time.
Eight of the defence lawyers urged Judge Gerald Clifton to release the jury, but the judge rejected their calls and praised the jury for the ‘painstaking’ and ‘fair’ dealings of the case.
He said: “Anybody who may have doubted this jury should bear in mind the way that you have analysed the evidence and returned the verdicts.”