Murderers, rapists avoiding deportation from UK after jail time by claiming to be Christian converts: Report

Feb13,2024



London: These include murderers, rapists, pedophiles and drug dealers foreign criminal those who escaped to britain exile at their end prison sentences The UK's Times newspaper reported that by claiming to have converted to Christianity.
Foreign nationals have claimed in asylum tribunals that they would be persecuted in their home countries if they were deported because of their alleged “conversion”.
Under UK law the Home Secretary must deport foreign criminals sentenced to prison in the UK for at least 12 months. But the European Convention on Human Rights prevents expulsions where there are grounds to believe that they would suffer torture or inhuman treatment if deported.
The UK's Times newspaper has analyzed thousands of Upper Tribunal asylum decisions since 2018 and found a number of cases where Christian converts are convincing judges to halt deportations.
In one case, a Bangladeshi man convicted of murdering his wife in Britain avoided deportation after serving 12 years in prison by claiming he had converted to Christianity and would be in danger in Bangladesh, the Times said.
In another case an Iranian imprisoned on aggravated assault charges escaped deportation because he covered his arms with tattoos of Christian images, although the judge was not convinced he was a Christian convert. The judge ruled that Iranian authorities would think he was a convert. Another Iranian serving time for sexual assault was allowed to stay in Britain because he had a tattoo of a cross.
In one case a Pakistani overstayer argued that his evangelical preaching in London would put him in danger in Pakistan. According to the Times, it turned out that he had never been to church and had simply distributed leaflets to a reverend outside a tube station, who then confirmed the man's Christian faith at the tribunal.
An Iranian man mistakenly called Good Friday “Black Friday” but still managed to avoid deportation. Another asylum seeker wrongly said Lent was the period of four weeks before Christmas when you “light a candle” and another so-called Christian convert told the tribunal he went to a synagogue, The Times learns. walked.
A Church of England spokesperson told TOI: “Clergy are expected to uphold the law in the same way as any other citizen, and are therefore expected to represent the character truthfully and engage honestly with formal legal processes.” Standards are expected. Obviously we can never know 100%, which is why we support the Home Office in their ultimate duty of examining applications and making decisions.



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