Former UBS trader Kweku Adoboli moved to ‘high security’ facility as close to 100 MPs urge Home Office to reconsider deportation
Former UBS rogue trader Kweku Adoboli is being moved to a 'high security' facility ahead of deportation as close to 100 MPs call for the Home Office to reconsider.
The 38-year-old has now been detained for 10 days amid growing public outrage over his impending deportation to his birth country, Ghana.
He was convicted on two counts of fraud in 2012 after his unauthorised trading lost the Swiss banking giant £1.8bn – and in 2014 the Home Office issued him with a deportation order on the grounds that he was a foreign criminal.
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He was released from prison in 2015 after serving around half of his seven-year sentence
After a court denied him permission for a judicial review, he was detained earlier this month in Livingston, where he lives, and taken to Dungavel House detention centre.
Adoboli, who left Ghana at the age of four, is expected to arrive at Harmondsworth immigration removal centre, which has been described as high security by HM Inspectorate of Prisons, on Wednesday evening.
Livingston MP Hannah Bardell has written to the Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Theresa May, in a letter signed by 96 MPs and 18 MSPs.
She said: “Having served his custodial sentence, Mr Adoboli is using his experience and expertise to make a highly positive contribution to society.
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“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.”
She added: “In your first speech to Parliament after your appointment as Home Secretary, you expressed your wished 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.”
Adoboli's lawyers are continuing to fight for his release.