Friday, February 09, 2007

The Accidental Passport

I blogged a few weeks back about Somali sex offender Sadiq Mohammed, who was let out early from one sex assault, not deported, but given a council flat - in which he went on to sexually assault a child.

He was also given a British passport.

A Home Office spokesman said an investigation had been carried out and appropriate action taken.

"The issuing of a British passport to Mr Mohammed was the result of a one-off error by an individual passport examiner," said the spokesman.


I wonder how much you have to pay for a one-off error like that ?

11 comments:

Fulham Reactionary said...

Slightly OT, but this ridiculous story about another sex offender, a rapist this time, who was not released early, caught my eye:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/6347825.stm

He has launched legal action claiming that his human rights were violated because he was denied the early release that the likes of Sadiq Mohammed receive as a matter of course.

Foxy Brown said...

I'm not bitter but most of these Somalis do very nicely out of the council-housing racket, in comparison to say white men (or any productive, self-sufficient ethnic like - ahem - me) who are routinely laughed at by staff when they approach their local borough for social housing.

Martin said...

Laban,

Watch this space for similar stories.

I have been waiting over a year for a similar story to come to fruition - with a bang, so to speak...

And if it does come out, then the REAL scale of 'passports in error' will become clear.

As the contempt of court laws and your fellow Midlander Eric Idle might put it, hush hush, say no more, say no more...

Anonymous said...

Most Somalis who have been given British passports were given them because it was easier for the government to massage asylum figures. The UN 1951 Refugee Convention, EU law and HR law in the UK would prevent removal so it was decided to give them a UK passport or as in Holland a Dutch passport rather than try and deport them. This was not a one off error as the story implies it was the government policy though they will probably blame a "rogue element" at the Home Office.

What a lot of Somalis do is to shuttle back and forth between the UK and Holland collecting benefits at a number of locations in a number of identities. They do alright out of it and as there are no controls over EU citizens it is unlawful for UK immigration officers to ask what a "European" is doing in Britain and unlawful for them to refuse entry.

Bishop Hill said...

Didn't the government award themselves the power to strip people of british citizenship? This would seem like a good test case.

Voyager said...

Indefinite Leave to Remain was Michael Howard's speciality as Home Secretary - once you have that the passport is not a big problem.

With the passport you can start a family reunion and import the rest of the extended family.

The British are a wonderfully insane people who have blundered from disaster to crisis throughout their history only to toss themselves onto a funeral pyre of their own making in one last madcap act of self-destruction

verity said...

Voyager - except the 3 plus million who have escaped since Blair slithered in.

Foxy Brown said...

Didn't Milton Freedman say the welfare state was incompatible with immigration (and asylum seekers/refugees are immigrants in all but name).

Dave said...

But Voyager do you think the majority of Brits agree with it?
We look at election time and we see 3 party's so similar it doesn't really matter who is in power.
We have no choice.

Foxy Brown said...

There's also an illegal trade in fake passports, the infamous Finsbury Park mosque had a factory knocking the things out.

Voyager said...

But Voyager do you think the majority of Brits agree with it?

Not at all...but the Politics of the Big Majority is that Govt does not care about public opinion.

Since 1979 John Major enjoyed the smallest majority of any govt and had the most turmoil. Otherwise it has been easy - too many MPs with nothing to do and a system with no checks and balances.

The German system is back to Weimar with many many parties - Britain simply needs to corrode the Big Oligarcy Parties into smaller units to keep polticians on their toes and have half the House re-elected every two years