Two members of the Rotherham grooming gangs who sexually abused and trafficked up to 1,400 girls have been quietly released from jail after serving just half of their sentences.
Qurban Ali and Tayab Dad, who were both handed 10 year sentences for their part in the abuse scandal, were automatically released on licence half-way through their sentence.
Under the current legal system, a prisoner serving a determinant sentence for a fixed length of time, will be released under the supervision of the probation service after serving half their term.
MailOnline can reveal that Ali, 59, jailed in February 2016, after being found guilty of conspiracy to rape, was released in ‘early’ 2021 and is currently on probation.
Similarly, Dad, 40, who was found guilty of one count of rape at a second trial in February 2017, was released from prison in the first few months of this year.
Both men are currently on license, with strict conditions, although it is not known whether this restricts their movement or prevents them from returning to the Rotherham area or south Yorkshire.
Because of the legal rules in place governing inmates’ rights under determinant sentences, officials were unable to refer their cases to the Parole Board for assessment.
In cases where their is an indeterminate sentence – such as a life sentence for murder where the court thinks a person is a danger to the public – a prisoners’ release follows a parole hearing.
The Parole Board has the power to grant a release under license or to reject the parole bid. In the case of being turned down, the board will summarise its findings in a report.