Child Rapist Fools Judge, Spared Deportation
Identified only as 'AM' in court documents, the 38-year-old came to the UK in 2006 and received five years' imprisonment after raping a 17-year-old in 2012. (The Telegraph)
But after his release from prison, a judge ruled that his claim to be Christian meant his deportation to Iran would be a breach of his human rights.
The judge, who acknowledged that the man's religious conversion was part of a ploy to avoid deportation, ruled that his 850 twitter posts quoting the Bible and Christian theology placed him at risk of persecution if he was sent back to Iran.
The judge said: 'In all the circumstances, I am satisfied that the appellant has established that there is a real risk that on his return he would be questioned about the details of his asylum claim and that that questioning would reveal that he has posted on Twitter......(and) interrogation would involve a real risk of ill-treatment amounting to a breach of article 3.'
The immigration tribunal judge said it didn't matter that his conversion to Christianity was not genuine because the Iranian authorities would still be able to read his pro-Christian tweets.
'AM' arrived in Britain on January 15, 2006, filing a request for asylum the same day. Authorities rejected his initial claim two weeks later.
After exhausting Britain's appeal process, the man applied for a European Economic Area (EEA) Residence Card.
The EEA enables residents of all European Union member-states to have the same rights to live and work in all EU countries.
Then-Home Secretary Theresa May ordered his deportation upon his release from prison.
Despite the Home Office's best efforts, his years-long appeal process succeeded.