Chef mistaken for sex offender fights deportation

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Image caption Saiful Islam, 44, relocated to the UK to operate in a dining establishment

A chef from Bangladesh is combating deportation from the UK after he was wrongfully identified a sex culprit.

Saiful Islam, 44, transferred to the UK in January 2003 to operate in a dining establishment.

But his files were later on blended with those of 3 other individuals, leading to criminal convictions being incorrectly connected to his name.

The Home Office has actually apologised to Mr Islam, who resides in Cardiff, for the mix-up – however he was still rejected right to stay in December 2019.

According to a judicial evaluation judgment, mistakes by the Home Office did not impact the choice to decline Mr Islam’s application to remain in the UK, which was based upon a 2008 application being declined as he did not have a work license.

Along with mistakenly connecting criminal convictions to his name, the mistakes consisted of ruining part of his file and keeping it in a previous lawsuit, and not offering appropriate pages of his passport which showed he had actually gone into the nation lawfully – which Mr Islam preserves are the factors he did not have an authorization in 2008.

Judge Jackson ruled there had actually been “a variety of mistakes” and “historical oppression” in the handling of Mr Islam’s applications over a variety of years, however files “did not support” Mr Islam’s claim that these straight resulted in his circumstance “nor existed any verification that he was still needed in a specific work”.

Mr Islam stated he prepared to eliminate the choice. The matter has actually up until now included 18 lawsuit and a substantial volume of correspondence with the Home Office.

While the Home Office stated it might not discuss continuous legal procedures, it has actually validated to Mr Islam that 3 other profiles were incorrectly connected to his own.

It stated all indefinite leave applications are thought about on their private benefits in accordance with the migration guidelines and when somebody has no leave to stay in the UK, they are anticipated to leave willingly.

If they do not, their departure will be imposed.

Mr Islam has actually invested 16 years combating to stay in the UK and, after a fight to get his file through the Information Commissioner, he found the mistakes and got a complete apology in 2019.

‘Innocence and nerve’

Mr Islam, who has no convictions, stated: “The Home Office has actually not treated me like a human – they have actually treated me like a criminal.

“I have actually lost many years, my health and cash.”

He stated he had actually suffered anxiety as an outcome of his predicament.

The difficulty with Mr Islam’s right to stay started in 2005 when he raised issues about working conditions with his then companies, signaling the cops and the Home Office. His authorization was reduced that year however he was not served with any alert.

But Judge Jackson ruled: “The historical oppression might not have had a product effect on the result of the particular choice under obstacle.”

Fizza Qureshi, president of Migrants’ Rights Network, stated: “If Saiful had actually not stood firm with his case for almost 16 years, he would not have actually understood that the Home Office had actually blended his file and mistakenly identified him a criminal.

“Alongside the Home Office’s mistakes, they have actually likewise stopped working to applaud Saiful’s actions of reporting an exploitative company. Rather they have actually selected to punish him by pursuing his elimination, regardless of his innocence and nerve.”

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