29 JUN 2011
• European Court ruling stems from appeals by two asylum seekers convicted of offences including burglary, making threats to kill and drug dealing
• Pair were jointly awarded more than £20,000 for costs and expenses
• Tory MP: 'These cases quite clearly show that we do not control not only who comes in to the country but who we choose to remove'
By Jack Doyle | Mail Online
Britain's powerlessness to control who has the right to be in this country was glaringly exposed last night by two extraordinary cases.
In the first, an anti-Semitic preacher of hate whom the Home Secretary had banned from entering Britain was able to stroll in through Heathrow.
Last night, Raed Salah was giving a lecture organised by Islamist radicals to a large crowd in Leicester, and today he was due to speak at Westminster at the invitation of Left-wing Labour MPs.
In the second, a bombshell ruling by European judges blocked the deportation of some 200 Somali criminals back to their homeland.
The Strasbourg court said the men, including drug dealers and serial burglars, might be persecuted in war-torn Somalia, and that they must be allowed to stay to protect their human rights.
So, irrespective of how heinous their crimes or the danger they present to the public, Britain has no power to expel them.
The ruling by the European Court of Human Rights stemmed from appeals against deportation by two asylum seekers convicted of a string of serious offences including burglary, making threats to kill and drug dealing.
UK Independence Party MEP Gerard Batten said: 'It is the absolute duty of the British Government to protect the lives and property of British citizens.
'If foreign nationals prey on people here they should be sent home to where they came from – no ifs, no buts.'
He added: 'For the European Court of Human Rights to give Britain orders is bad enough; knowing that the Government will roll over to their demands is worse.
'This decision confirms that the Human Rights Act is a criminals' charter.'
The case involves two Somalis whom ministers intended to return to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, because of their serial offending.
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