Home Office and US Embassy put heads together

Coordination sees removal of those suspected of offence to the US

31 October 2009
: The UK Border Agency is working in close coordination with the American Embassy to locate and remove those suspected of committing serious offence to the United States.

The UK Border Agency director David Holt says: ‘Working with the American Embassy, we have been able to locate and remove someone suspected of a serious offence to the United States.’

The assertion came after a man wanted on suspicion of assaulting his daughter in Arizona was removed from the United Kingdom by the Border Agency officers at Gatwick airport.

By liaising with the US authorities, Border Force officers discovered he was wanted in the USA for assault. Following further liaison with the airline, the US Embassy and the Department for Homeland Security, arrangements were made for the passenger to be removed back to the USA. This took place on Thursday 29 October.

According to the Home Office, Faleh Hassan Al-Maleki flew into the South Terminal from Mexico City on Sunday 25 October. Officers stopped him, checked his passport and interviewed him at the checkpoint. Holding only US$ 400 in cash, he claimed he was visiting his cousin in Glasgow and was planning to stay there for a week. Officers continued to interview him and uncovered that he actually lived in Arizona, USA with his wife and seven children.

Al-Maleki claimed he had left his employment as a lorry driver six weeks before his visit to the United Kingdom, therefore, had no employment to return to. Officers decided he did not qualify for entry into the United Kingdom as a visitor, taking into account that he had no current means of employment in the USA, his sponsor in the United Kingdom was also unemployed and he had only limited funds in cash with him. Al-Maleki was placed into detention while his removal from the United Kingdom was arranged.

Holt adds: ‘The UK has one of the toughest borders in the world and we are determined to ensure it stays that way.

‘This case shows how the systems in place to protect our borders are working to prevent those not entitled to enter our country from doing so.’

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