Appeal over death driver ruling

Aso Mohammed IbrahimIbrahim had two children after his release from prison
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David Cameron has spoken of his anger at a tribunal ruling preventing the deportation of a failed asylum-seeker who left a girl dying under a car.

The prime minister said he hoped the UK Border Agency would successfully appeal against the ruling on Iraqi Kurd Aso Mohammed Ibrahim.

Ibrahim, 33, was jailed for four months after knocking down Amy Houston in Blackburn in 2003.

He was told on Thursday he could remain in the UK as he had children there.

Mr Cameron said: “My personal response is one of great anger that this is allowed to happen.

“Here we have an Iraqi asylum seeker convicted of an offence that led to the death of a child and yet we are being told that there is no way that this person can be deported to Iraq.”

Ibrahim was convicted of driving while disqualified and failing to stop after the accident. He also had a string of previous convictions.

He had two children after his release from prison.

Paul and Amy HoustonAmy Houston died in hospital after the crash

Amy’s father Paul, 41, from Darwen in Lancashire, has conducted a seven-year legal battle to have him deported.

Last month he urged immigration judges to bring his “years of hell” to an end.

But two senior immigration judges at the Upper Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, sitting in Manchester, rejected the appeal after hearing lawyers claimed the Human Rights Act permitted him to remain in the country on the grounds of his right to life and to family life.

Mr Houston said the decision was perverse and said it showed the Human Rights Act worked in favour of criminals over victims.

Mr Cameron said Iraq should not be seen as a country to which it is too dangerous to deport people.

“Britain has spent billions of pounds and lost many, many very good people – some killed, some wounded – to make Iraq a safer, more stable country,” he said.

“We should not be in a position where, having done all these things, we are simply told it is not possible to return a person there.”

Mr Cameron said the European Convention on Human Rights said nothing about deportation, and that legal interpretations by judges and lawyers sometimes “fly in the face of common sense”.

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