Iranian man who raped his London hostel ‘cannot be deported if persecuted at home for being a convicted rapist’
- An Iranian who raped a female colleague in London in 2000 has won an extradition appeal
- The man was an outspoken critic of the Iranian regime and ‘will be persecuted’
- He also claims that his rape conviction means he could be sentenced to death
An Iranian rapist has been granted the right to remain in the UK after a judge decided he would be persecuted in his country of origin, a report says.
Despite apparently lying about being an ex-MI5 employee, his appeal against deportation was successful.
An immigration court has told the man he first entered Britain in 1992 as a student, The Sun reports.
The newspaper adds that the man, referred to as XX, raped an inmate who lived in the same house in London in 2000.
He was convicted a year later and imprisoned for seven years.
The case was heard in the High Court’s Immigration and Asylum Chamber at Field House in central London
Immigration papers state that he never gave “any indication” to show insight into the effect on his victim nor did he participate in any rehabilitation course.
After his prison term was over, the authorities wanted to deport the man in 2005 but he launched a successful interim appeal.
Despite the lack of documented evidence, the man clung to the claim that he had previously been recruited by British intelligence services.
The man insisted that MI5 was looking for him because he used to mingle in social circles with links to the Iranian embassy in London.
The security services have refused to shed light on this allegation in one way or another.
He also expressed fears that the death penalty would be imposed for his rape conviction if he returned to Iran.
It seemed that the judge gave weight to a third reason, which is his criticism of the Iranian regime.
In his ruling, Judge John Keith said the man could remain in the UK because of the risk of persecution he faced.
He also agreed that there was actual evidence that the man had criticized the Iranian regime on a website, and that the authorities knew this meant “a real risk of widespread interrogation and detention”.
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