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England can’t deport Turkish gangster because he is married to EU citizen


A Turkish gangster has won a two-year battle against deportation from the UK — because he is married to an EU citizen.

He was detained after organised crime links were revealed by an undercover police probe.

The deportation order against ‘Mr A’ had been upheld by the Upper Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, but as with many foreign criminals — such as the recent case of an Afghan terrorist who after six failed appeals was finally able to find a court willing to block his deportation so he could receive NHS treatment for the PTSD he suffered fighting for the Taliban — he was able to carry on appealing until he found judges willing to give him the answer he wanted.

“I would dismiss grounds 2 and 3 [for the appeal] but, for reasons given in the closed judgment, I would allow the appeal under ground 1 and would remit the case for re-hearing by a differently constituted panel of the [Upper Tribunal],” said judge Sir Stephen Richards, ruling alongside Lord Justice Fulford and Lady Justice Nicola Davies, in what few comments on the case the press were permitted to report.

Home Secretary Priti Patel described him as a “serious threat to public ­security” — but three Appeal Court judges last week blocked government efforts to deport the gang leader.

The failure to deport the gangster, who is “living openly in the community” has been attributed in part to the fact he is married to an EU migrant, with the EU laws on Free Movement to which Britain remains subject making it extremely difficult to deport EU or EU-linked nationals.