Kweku Adoboli, the British-based Ghanaian who was responsible for the biggest fraud ever recorded in the UK is fighting deportation from the UK to the country of his birth, Ghana. Under the UK’s rules, a non-citizen who has been sentenced to prison for more than 4 years must be deported, in the absence of any compelling circumstances. Kweku’s sentence was 7 years, of which he served half. The sorts of circumstances that would be considered compelling would be strong family connections or job ties in the UK. Kweku does not meet these criteria, as his current relationship is new and has not been allowed to work for money under the terms of his early release from prison. However, he has been involved in charity work, attempting to educate leaders and others in the community to learn from his mistakes.
This case demonstrates the potential consequences to a migrant of not obtaining citizenship in their chosen country of residence at the earliest opportunity. Kweku Adoboli was eligible to apply for citizenship, having lived in the UK for 26 years, but he kept putting if off because of his hectic travel schedule for work. Consequently, he is still considered a foreigner and eligible for deportation to Ghana. He has reportedly not lived in Ghana since he was 4 years old, and has been in the UK since he was 12.
A petition to prevent Kweku’s deportation has been backed by over 100 UK Members of Parliament (MPs). However, barring a last-minute intervention, it is unlikely to help, as reports indicate that the Home Office has booked Mr. Adoboli’s flight to depart the UK on the 18th of September.
The Guardian’s reporting on this story can be found here.