I think it is wrong because he obstructed enquiries to establish his country of origin so that he could avoid deportation. He had used at least five aliases and claimed to be British, Italian, Moroccan, Algerian and stateless. Therefore to my mind he was only held in custody because he wouldn't state his country of origin.
He seems to have got compensation for misleading the enquiries.
So it does pay to be a criminal.No doubt he will be on the phone to relatives and friends saying paradise is england.
The idea that someone has been given carte blanche by the law to continue ignoring the laws of the land and indeed get paid pretty much 2 thirds of my annual working wage for doing so shows how belittled this country has become.
Now that a precedent has been set the industry now has a sure fire means of bypassing any regulations pertaining to their removal.
Do not reveal your identity or origin,all of those who are being remanded pending deportation proceedings must be kicking themselves.
Presumably because they entered the country illegally?
I don't think there can be much doubt that the Border Control situation in this country is a bit of a nightmare. For one thing, our coastline is a smuggler's paradise of isolated coves and bays - there's no way we can effectively police over seven and a half thousand miles of shoreline.
Apart from that, it's pretty obvious that there are some serious concerns about the way the Border Agency operates.
Yes, the Home Office made a bit of a pigs ear of it.
However, I can't help thinking that cause and effect comes into play here. The delaying/confusion tactics used by this individual must have been at least partly responsible for the mess up, and he is now £17k better off as a result. The two papers I have read give scant information about his "string of previous convictions" so we do not know what compensation was paid by him to the victims. As this is usually based on earnings and assets, I expect is was very small. Sometimes it is a shame these things cannot be re-considered retrospectively.