A foreign drug-dealing bigamist has won the right to stay in Britain because of his human right to “family life”.
By David Barrett, Home Affairs Correspondent
4:59PM GMT 21 Jan 2012
He had been sentenced to three years in prison for selling cocaine to undercover police officers, and so exceeded the criteria for “automatic deportation” under the law.
However, the Moroccan launched a human rights appeal, telling immigration judges he had been in a loving relationship with a British woman, Marina Gregory, for 10 years. He now intended to wed her and start a family.
The judges believed the 47-year-old criminal and, to the disappointment of Home Office officials, granted his appeal under the Human Rights Act – ruling that his “right to private and family life” entitled him to stay on in Britain.
Yet all was not as it seemed.