AN ASYLUM-SEEKER who raped a 12-year-old girl in Sheffield has been allowed to remain in Britain after a court ruled sending him home would breach his human rights.
Sani Adil Ali, aged 28, and originally from Darfur, Sudan, came to Britain in 2003 and was awarded refugee status in February 2005, claiming his life was at risk if he returned to Africa.
He attacked his victim a few months later when he stayed with her family, who he met in a refugee camp, during a five-day trip to Sheffield.
Sentencing him at Sheffield Crown Court, Judge Michael Murphy QC branded him ‘a potential danger to young girls’, put him on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and banned him from working with children.
He was released from Doncaster Prison in 2008 after three years and the Home Office ordered his deportation.
Ali was locked up in an immigration removal centre, but appealed against his deportation and has now been granted permission to remain in Britain.
An immigration tribunal has ruled Ali can remain in Britain on the grounds he could be in danger if he returns home.
In his ruling, Judge Jonathan Perkins, a senior immigration judge, said: “We find the appellant is still entitled to the protection of the Refugee Convention and the Qualification Directive.
“In any event, removing him would be contrary to the UK’s obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights.”
The UK Border Agency has reacted with fury to the decision.
A spokesman for the agency said: “We are extremely disappointed with the decision.
“We do not believe this individual needs or deserves refuge in this country.”
Prime Minister David Cameron, in a letter published in a national newspaper, struck out at legislation which allows criminals to avoid deportation.
He said he took ‘a profoundly different view from most Liberal Democrats on the European Convention on Human Rights’.
Mr Cameron said: “I want to do whatever it takes to keep our country safe, restoring the ability to deport dangerous criminals and terrorists even if it means radical action in this area.”
Ali now lives in the North East.