After five years, 24 court appearances, 20 judges and £85,000 in legal aid, Britain finally sends plane-mutiny rapist back to Somalia… with plush hotel, armed guards and therapy you paid for
by: Hani Kamal El-Din
He is the vile gang rapist whose deportation was infamously thwarted at the last minute by a mutiny of virtue-signalling airline passengers on the same flight.
Now The Mail on Sunday can reveal how it has taken another five years to finally send Yaqub Ahmed back to Somalia – with Ministers forced to offer an extraordinary package of concessions to break his relentless cycle of dubious human rights appeals.
Ahmed has dragged his deportation fight through at least 24 separate tribunal or court hearings, in front of 20 or more judges, as he made a series of false claims. But today this newspaper can reveal that the 34-year-old was finally expelled in August, after costing taxpayers up to £1 million in legal, prison and deportation costs, including the generous ‘care package’ to greet his arrival in Somalia.
Last night, Ahmed’s victim said it was ‘absolutely shocking’ that officials were forced to go to such lengths to defeat his repeated human rights appeals.
‘Our legal system is a joke,’ she said. ‘We used to say we were quite fair; well, we’re not. Nothing about this has been fair.’
Details of Ahmed’s extraordinary case exposes the ease with which foreign criminals run rings around officials and comes just days after the Supreme Court torpedoed Rishi Sunak’s flagship scheme to deport Channel migrants to Rwanda.
Former Home Secretary Suella Braverman told The Mail on Sunday the case was an example of how criminals exploit human rights laws to make ‘spurious, repetitive and ultimately obstructive’ legal claims to thwart deportation.
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