David writes to Home Secretary to urge him to reconsider the deportation of Kweku Adoboli
I’ve joined more than 100 MPs who have written to Home Secretary Sajid Javid calling for a review of the case of Mr Kweku Adoboli, who is currently appealing deportation to Ghana. You can read the text of the letter here:
Dear Home Secretary
RE: Mr Kweku Adoboli 10th September 2018
This letter is written on behalf of Mr Kweku Adoboli (constituent of Hannah Bardell MP) who is currently appealing deportation to Ghana. If Mr Adoboli were deported, he will be removed from the country he has called home since the age of twelve, taken away from the close relationships he has formed here and returned to a country he has not lived in from the age of four and lacks familiarity with.
Following previous correspondence, Mr Adoboli has been detained and transferred to Dungavel Detention Centre and we understand that on the 5th September his lawyer submitted a fresh claim for a judicial review.
We understand that under UK law, foreign nationals who are sentenced to longer than four years in prison are automatically subject to being deported unless they can argue that there are compelling reasons to allow them to stay in the country. This exception exists for a purpose and is to be used in meritorious cases. We would urge the discretion that is at the disposal of the Home Secretary to be exercised in this case and reinstate his indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom.
The recent comment by former Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP that “the Home Office has become too concerned with policy and strategy and sometimes loses sight of the individual” is apt in this case and we are sure no one in the Cabinet wishes to have another ‘Windrush Generation’ scandal on their hands anytime soon.
Having served his custodial sentence, Mr Adoboli is using his experiences and expertise to make a highly positive contribution to society. He has undertaken extensive work to improve governance and compliance in the finance industry with the Universities of Edinburgh, Stirling and Liverpool and the Financial Times.
As recently as last week Mr Adoboli participated in a residential Special Forces Leadership Programme at the invitation of the British Army which he received clearance from the Home Office to attend.
We find it incredible that the UK Government would see fit to have Mr Adoboli assist with the training of junior officers, make use of his expertise and then pursue his deportation from the country.
We trust that you would find reconsidering Mr Adoboli’s case in line with the aspirations you hold in the modification of immigration policy.
In your first speech to Parliament after your appointment as Home Secretary, you expressed your wishes that immigration policy will be “fair and decent” and that a commitment to furthering social justice would be at the heart of the department. Mr Adoboli’s case is an encouraging example of rehabilitation and should be given the due and fair consideration it deserves.
We look forward to receiving your response.
Hannah Bardell MP
with David Drew MP and more than 100 others