Child rapist Choudhry Hussain
A child rapist fled the UK when he was given a day off from his trial to attend a family funeral in Birmingham.
Choudhry Ikhalaq Hussain, 38, who was convicted of rape, sexual activity with a child and conspiracy to rape in November might now be in Pakistan.
He had permission to attend the funeral in Birmingham but officials say he had lied about the dead relative and instead flew to Amsterdam, then Islamabad.
He did not return to court and officers now believe that Hussain fled the country through the port system.
Police say he may now be in Pakistan.
Delivery driver Hussain, of Mayfield Terrace, Rochdale , was found guilty of three counts of sexual activity with a child, two counts of rape and one count of conspiracy to rape against one victim in a trial held at Minshul Street Crown Court on November 30, 2015.
His was convicted as part of Operation Doublet, a Greater Manchester Police investigation in child sexual exploitation mainly in Rochdale.
Ten men were found guilty of a range of serious sexual offences during two trials held at Minshull Street Crown Court and are awaiting sentence.
Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Daniels, the Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) for Operation Doublet, said officers are determined to find Hussain.
He said: “Operation Doublet was launched following the 2011 investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rochdale and we identified a number of cases, which broadly took place between 2004 and 2008, across Greater Manchester where teenage girls were being sexually exploited by older men.
“Hussain was one of the offenders identified and he has now been convicted of a number of serious offences but he seems determined to try and get away with not serving his time for the horrendous crimes that he has committed.
“We believe he may be in Pakistan but we are still determined to find him and ensure that he is held to account for what he did.
“If anybody has any information about his whereabouts then I would urge you to please contact the police.”
Anybody with information about Choudhry Ikhalaq Hussain should contact police on 0161 856 2447 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.