Author: Martin Williams
KWEKU Adoboli, a former trader convicted of fraud seven years ago who faces deportation to Ghana has been released and allowed to return home in Scotland after more than a month in detention.
Adoboli, 38, who served four years of a seven-year sentence for a £1.4bn fraud at Swiss bank UBS, was initially denied bail in September after being spared deportation by a legal intervention just hours before his scheduled flight to his birth country, Ghana.
He was released from Harmondsworth Detention Centre on Tuesday nighafter being detained for 36 days and embraced by supporters.
He was expected to take a train with his partner, Alice Gray after collecting him from the detention centre.
“I’m very tired and I’m really looking forward to going home,” he said. “But I can’t feel elated because I know there are so many other men and women locked up in detention who should not be there. Being locked up for 36 days has really started to destroy my mental health.”
The Home Office wants to deport him under laws that require foreign nationals sentenced to more than four years in prison to be sent back to their country of birth.
An application of bail was granted earlier today by a judge at Hatton Cross Tribunal Centre, near Heathrow Airport while his deportation is reviewed.
His case will be the subject of a judicial review, which could take months, but the latest ruling means the former trader will return home pending the outcome.
At a hearing on Tuesday, the judge Stephen Pedro noted that Adoboli had previously been on immigration bail for three years “without fault” and said he could not see, substantial grounds for risk of reoffending or absconding. Adoboli’s friends provided surety for him of £120,000.
Matthew Williams, acting for the Home Office, said the home secretary wanted to keep Adoboli detained because his appeal rights were exhausted.
A fund-raising campaign to continue his legal battle to remain in the UK raised over £17,000. Adoboli who is Ghanaian, but has lived in the UK since the age of 12, does not hold British citizenship.