An African war criminal who joined in the slaughter of civilians has been allowed to stay in Britain under human rights law – because he admitted his crimes in a BBC interview.
The man was a fighter in the Janjaweed militia which killed an estimated 300,000 people during the war in Darfur, but he came to Britain after hearing it was ‘a good place to claim asylum’.
An immigration tribunal found he was guilty of crimes against humanity after he gave media interviews in which he described joining in the burning and looting of 30 villages and shooting countless victims.
But a judge has ruled that the 27-year-old must be allowed to stay in Britain because his life could be at risk if he returned to his home country.
She said that as a result of the media interviews he gave voluntarily in this country in which he criticised his former commanders and revealed embarrassing political information about the conflict, they might try to kill or hurt him if he was sent home.
A Romanian gypsy campaigner jailed for her role in a £10million benefits fraud has been allowed to stay in Britain to protect her human rights.
Lavinia Olmazu, 33, and her accomplice, Alin Enachi, funneled £2.9million in false benefits claims to 172 Romanian gypsies after providing false National Insurance numbers to immigrants.
Olmazu was sentenced to more than two years in prison in 2010 and should have been deported automatically upon her release.
But she has been allowed to stay in Britain after challenging the Home Secretary’s attempt to have her removed by exploiting a loophole in the Human Rights Act.
She has been able to persuade judges that because she has a 12-year-old son it would be an attack on their rights if they were to be deported.
Her case will raise further concerns over how judges are interpreting Article Eight of the act, which guarantees the ‘right to family life’, to allow criminals to escape deportation by arguing that being removed from Britain would be a breach of that right.
Almost 200 foreign criminal suspects were arrested every day by the country’s largest police force last year.
Just over 72,500 – a third of the total arrested – were held by the Metropolitan Police and questioned about crimes including murder, rape, robbery and fraud.
The figure is up almost a quarter on two years ago when 58,870 non-British suspects were arrested in London.