Woman resident in the UK for 39 years loses deportation battle – EIN Blog

Posted April 22nd, 2024 in appeals, criminal justice, deportation, fraud, immigration, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal of Mrs Akhtar who had been resident in the UK for 39 years (since 1985). Elisabeth Laing, Phillips and Males LJJ held that the Upper Tribunal had not failed to consider all the relevant circumstances when reaching its decision under section 117C(6) of Part 5A of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 and they dismissed Mrs Akhtar’s appeal. Judges Mandalia and Hanson had not erroneously concluded that a foreign criminal had failed to meet the statutory exceptions in section 117C(6) when deciding her rights under article 8 of the ECHR did not outweigh the public interest in her deportation. Mrs Akhtar and her husband (“H”) were both convicted criminal offences on 21 April 2016 and they were duly sentenced, respectively, to a total of 4 years and three months’ imprisonment and to 14 years’ imprisonment (reduced to 11 on appeal) for their roles in a substantial and long-running mortgage fraud. Mrs Akhtar was convicted of the offences of cheating the public revenue between 1 January 2004 and 26 September 2012, entering into an arrangement to facilitate the acquisition, retention, use or control of criminal property and two counts of conspiracy to obtain a money transfer by deception. She was sentenced, respectively, to 30 months’ imprisonment, 30 months’ imprisonment, concurrent and also 21 months’ imprisonment, consecutive, and 21 months’ imprisonment, concurrent. Mrs Akhtar, who entered the UK as a fiancée in 1985, complained that the UT did not take her long residence into account in considering section 117C(6).’

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EIN Blog, 22nd April 2024

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