Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Tony Blair Shoots Hole in Home Office Defence on Beshenivsky Killer

Tony Blair just made a big error during PMQs, which may have a bearing on the Home Office's investigation into the shooting of the woman police officer in Bradford, Sharon Beshenivsky. During PMQs he said that under the 2002 Asylum Act the Government put into law that any convict receiving a sentence for longer than two years would then be rendered ineligible for asylum. How does he square that with the Somali Mustaf Jamm who had a four year sentence but was not deported because Somalia was considered too dangerous for him? I hope my colleagues in the lobby will take that one a little further!

10 comments:

Edward said...

I'm sure anything written by the Home Office at the moment is illegible but do you mean the convicts would be ineligible for asylum?

John Prescott ate my hamster said...

I dare say Mr Jamm would be very able to look after himself back in Somalia , apparently he is a crack shot (at unarmed women)as he likes jewellery so much how's this for punishment, instead of laying out £40k a year to keep him in one of our prisons we take him home, wrap him in lots of 9ct bling jewellery fom Argos , throw him out of a helicopter over Mogadishu, and see how long he remains in one piece.

Tom said...

Has he been arrested, charged, brought to court, convicted and sentenced then? Thought not. It's not actually that much of a hammer-the-Home-Office story - the scandal is not deporting convicted criminals recommended for deportation by the judge to countries where there's a functional government, which is nearly everywhere on earth (and, for that matter, scheduled flights there).

Somalia is a special case - it doesn't count as a functioning state by any stretch, so quite how you expect the IND to deport people there is beyond me. The reason Clarke should resign is not that his department get the difficult cases wrong, but that they get the easy cases wrong too. That's unforgivable incompetence.

kingbongo said...

Tom - If you're deporting someone you are simply sending them back to their country - it doesn't require a government welcoming committee. Whether they would stay there is a different issue. The good people at Star Africa Airways will fly people to Somalia at very competitive rates.

BondWoman said...
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Anonymous said...

When an immigrant (whether Asylum Seeker or not) commits a serious crime, why should we give a toss about whether the country they came from is a "functioning state"? If you don't show respect to the country which is granting you a new start - why should it continue to look after you?

Think of it this way: If my house burnt down and a neighbour kindly agreed to put a roof over my head - would that neighbour be wrong to throw me out on to the street if I became violent or smashed up their home? Should they care where I end up after that? Of course not.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps his council house didn't have enough, crack dens bedrooms or colour tv's essentials.

They should have a choice;
a) fuck off go on the plane,
2) fuck off go on the boat,
3rd) packed into a container ship and dropped into the Pacific Deep.

I know it seems harsh...

and strikethroughs are much funnier than italics

regards

jafo said...

Tom, Jamm is wanted in connection with the murder of PC Beshinevsky, hasn't been arrested for that as the Police are still looking for him to "help with enquiries".

What he had, prior to that murder, been arrested, charged, brought to Court, convicted and sentenced to terms of imprisonment for are several offences of robbery, which is by definition a violent offence.

He could and should have been deported for those offences. However, the Home Office was apparently rather more concerned about his safety than that of the British public, so he was not deported.

It was stated last night on ITV News that 155 Somalis have been deported to Somalia during the period when Jamm wasn't - so quite what qualities he allegedly possessed that those people did not is something of a mystery.

David Cameron Mp said...

I would guess from her name that Constable Beshinivsky was of Immigrant stock,So two fingers to all those tosspots who are trying to accuse those of us who are livid about this situation as being rabid racists.

Betblogger said...

Just a technical point: as a Somali, Jamu won't have been given asylum but LLTE/R (Limited Leave to Enter/Remain). This is because there's no practical way of deporting them so the HO just avoid doing all that asylum paperwork in the first place. So asylum isn't an issue here - the assumption being that all Somalis would go home if the situation ever stabilises. There's even a chance that might happen, actually. Abdullahi Yusuf is a formidable guy (and came top of his class at the military academy when Siad Barre only came 7th) and in the last 15 years or so has just risen and risen.