A 56-year-old vicar from Forest Gate in east London, who was jailed for four and a half years in April for conspiracy to facilitate unlawful immigration by conducting bogus marriages, has been told he must pay back £10,792 of his ill-gotten gains.
The vicar, Brian Shipsides, married approximately 250 Nigerian immigrants to EU nationals, mainly from Portugal and the Netherlands, at his All Saints Church between December 2007 and August 2010.
A 38-year-old Turkish man who sailed to England to find the love of his life has been detained by border staff, according to The Independent.
Ramazan Culum met a British woman while on a scuba diving trip in Cyprus during 2005.
The president of the Queen’s Bench of the High Court, Sir John Thomas, has warned solicitors they could face disciplining by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). This may happen if they do not comply with the principle of full disclosure, when making applications to halt the removal of asylum seekers.
Lawyers representing failed asylum seekers can ask the High Court to grant a judicial review or an injunction against removal, in order to keep their client in the country pending further legal action.
Lawyers for the London Metropolitan University are to appear at the High Court to ask for a ban on recruiting overseas students to be suspended, according to the BBC.
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) last month took away the university’s right to sponsor overseas students due to claims it had not addressed issues regarding English skills and the right of students to be in the UK.
Brian Moore, the interim head of the UK Border Force, has told the Home Affairs Select Committee that officials of the agency are currently brainstorming ways to allow so-called “high value” passengers into the country faster, according to The Telegraph.
On his last day in the position, Moore yesterday told MPs that conversations had started on how to give preferential treatment to business people who were “valued by the economy and valued by airlines to demonstrate that Britain is open for business.”
London Metropolitan University (LMU) is planning to take legal action, most likely in the form of seeking a judicial review, regarding a recent shock decision by the UK Border Agency (UKBA).
An unprecedented decision means that the University’s license to sponsor students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) is being revoked.
At least four more athletes have absconded from the Olympics, according to the news agency AFP.
One competitor and several coaches from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s delegation have not been seen since Sunday’s closing ceremony.
Boxing coach Blaise Bekwa was the first to vanish when he disappeared from the Village on Friday. The technical director of athletics then scampered after a Congolese competitor, Ilunga Mande, pulled out of the men’s marathon just two kilometres from the finish on Saturday, and later the same night judo coach Ibula Masengo followed suit.
With the recent reports that seven Cameroonian Olympic athletes have disappeared and are believed to be seeking asylum, we thought we’d have a look back through the years at the history of asylum seekers and defectors at previous Olympic competitions.
The first defection at an Olympics games happened at the 1948 London Olympics when Marie Provaznikova, President of the International Gymnastics Federation, refused to return home to Czechoslovakia due to conditions in the country since its annexation by the Soviet Union.
At the end of last week it was revealed that a group legal action against the Home Office, brought by 40 child-asylum seekers who had wrongly been detained as adults, resulted in a legal bill of £2m for the Office.
The cases were troubling as the children had been deemed to be underaged by social services, but when they arrived at a Home Office screening unit officers ignored the social services’ assessment and were adamant that the youngsters could not be classified as children. (more…)
A British man in his 60s, Leslie Cunliffe, is scheduled to be deported from Australia after judicial authorities have deemed him to be of poor character due to his criminal past. Cunliffe has been living in Australia since 1967, but spent several years in prison after he was he was convicted of having raped a 21-year-old woman near Melbourne in 1999.
At the time of the crime police officers said that the woman had suffered terribly at the hands of Cunliffe, who strapped a bomb to her body as she endured hours of torture and rape, after which he demanded a ransom from her family. (more…)