Chaudhry Akhlaq Hussain was convicted of raping a young girl in Britain and was arrested but managed to escape to Pakistan halfway through the trial. He was convicted in his absence after the fled the country.
The 38-year-old was arrested last year in the Punjab province of Pakistan and has now been transferred to the UK. During this time, he was detained at the request of British authorities in Pakistan.
The British citizen was convicted of rape, sexual activity with a child and conspiracy to rape after a trial at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court.
After his escape, a British Court sentenced Chaudhry Akhlaq Hussain to 19 years in prison. Nine other men were also sentenced for sexual offenses with young girls in the city of Rosedale.
Escaping to Pakistan:
The fugitive was a resident of Mayfield Terrace in Rochdale and took special permission from the court to attend the funeral of a relative during his trial.
Hussain was able to travel to Amsterdam through the port system before making his way to Islamabad.
Following the incident, the British police launched an operation called Operation Doubt, where the police investigated possible incidents of sexual abuse targeting young girls in Rushdale. This also opened another case where Asian men targeted young girls.
Manchester Police Deputy Chief Inspector Jamie Daniels said that Chaudhry Akhlaq Hussain had the misconception that he would go on to be a sex hunter, live a good life, and escape justice.