Asylum Seeker With 18 Convictions Fights to Stay in UK, Claims ‘Human Rights’
Somali refugee allowed to stay in Britain despite posing serious threat to public
A Somali refugee with 18 convictions, ranging from firearms, theft, and drugs offenses, is fighting the prospect of being deported from the United Kingdom because he claims it is a breach of his "human rights."
The refugee, known as MS, is facing deportation after the Court of Appeal overturned two previous judgments which allowed him to remain in the UK.
But his lawyer argues that he cannot be sent back to his native o Mogadishu, Somalia, because he is a member of the minority Ashraf clan and faced violence in the country.
According to his lawyers, deporting him would breach Article 3 of the Human Rights Act, which states 'no one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.'
But despite the refugee posing a severe threat to the UK public, he may be allowed to stay in Britain, officials say.
His case will be turned over to the immigration tribunal, which now adds to a five-year legal battle.
Between, January 2006 and September 2015, MS has been convicted 18 times for 25 offenses.
The crimes include:
- Three offenses against a person
- Two against property
- One fraud
- Five thefts
- Three relating to public order
- Three offenses relating to police
- One drugs offense
- One firearms offense
Additionally, there were seven miscellaneous offenses.
If MS is deported back to Somalia, he could be the target of attacks, meaning the UK would need to consider whether his deportation would be in breach of his human rights.
MS arrived int he UK with his mother and six siblings in 2002 aged just 13.
His mother applied for asylum as her dependent, but this was refused.
The family reportedly traveled to the UK to escape the ongoing civil war in Somalia.
By 2011, the family, except MS because of his criminal record, were granted exceptional asylum.
But in 2012, he was also granted asylum.
But three years later, the Home Office revoked his refugee status.