West African criminal twice jailed for sex attacks wins £110,000 compensation payout from UK taxpayers after being jailed for too long when his home country refused to take him back
Aliou Bah, 28, from Guinea, has twice been convicted and jailed for sex assaults
‘Refugee’ was then kept in prison for 21 months after serving his sentences
Home Office battled to deport him to Guinea – but country refused to take him
No-one has been successfully deported to the West African state since 2006
Judge rules he’s owed compensation because he unlikely to be deported
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By Martin Robinson, Uk Chief Reporter For Mailonline
6 December 2017
A West African ‘refugee’ jailed twice for sex attacks has won £110,000 compensation after he was kept in prison too long after his home country refused to take him back.
Aliou Bah, 28, from Guinea, has twice been convicted and jailed for sex assaults, including one on a 16-year-old girl.
But he was kept in prison after serving his sentences whilst the Home Office battled in vain to deport him to his West African homeland.
High Court Judge Nicholas Madge has now ruled that, after a series of Home Office blunders, Bah was kept in prison for 21 months longer than he should have been.
Many would say that it is the victims of sexual abuse who should be paid large sums in compensation, not the men who sexually abuse them, the judge said.
He agreed wholeheartedly with that but, making the £110,000 award, he added that, as a judge, it was his job to uphold the law.
As Bah had ‘refugee’ status, he should never have been held in custody after his sentences expired, the judge ruled.
And, as the Guinea Embassy had refused to issue him with travel documents, there was never any prospect of deporting him anyway, he added.
Bah, who arrived in the UK in 2007 to join his ‘refugee’ father, was convicted of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in February 2011.
He was jailed for 18 months and put on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years. But he was jailed again, for two years, for another sexual assault in 2014.
The Home Secretary signed a deportation order against him in December 2011, without anyone realising that he was entitled to be treated as a ‘refugee’.
And he was held in prison for 14 months between January 2012 and March 2013, pending a deportation that could never have happened.
He was held again, this time for seven months, between October 2014 and June 2015, again unlawfully.
Given his ‘refugee’ status and the attitude of the Guinea Embassy, there was no prospect of his being thrown out of the country, said the judge.
The Guinea authorities have consistently refused to issue travel papers to anyone who does not want to return to the country voluntarily.
Bah had not volunteered to go home and the judge said that no-one had been successfully deported to the West African state since 2006.
Both periods of immigration detention were therefore necessarily unlawful, the judge ruled.
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