An Iranian immigrant who committed countless crimes including theft and drug possession got a colossal $49,000 in damages, because he was “detained too long” while waiting to be deported. The 46-year-old Massoum Ravandy lived in Britain illegally for 15 years.
Judge Heather Baucher, who ruled that it was unlawful to lock him up for 17 months, awarded him a publicly funded $49,000 terming it an “appropriate award.”
The Central County Court was told that the Iranian native arrived in the UK in the back of a lorry back in 2000.
Although he claimed that he feared returning to Iran because he would possibly be persecuted, the claim was declined after he was found to have lied about his brother’s death at the hands of Hezbollah, an Islamic group in Iran.
A deportation order was issued in 2002 but Ravandy remained in the UK for the next 15 years, according to the Mail on Sunday. During that time he committed crimes including handling stolen goods, criminal damage, burglary, shoplifting and possession of cocaine.
He was taken into custody and the Home Office tried to deport him because his presence in the UK was ‘not conducive to the public good.’
However, he refused to return to Iran and bureaucratic complications in Tehran further hindered the process.
Lawyers conceded he was unlawfully held for 512 days between March 2014 and August 2015. Foreign criminals in Britain were given a total of £4million ($4.9million) in compensation last year, after claiming they had been unlawfully detained or locked up for too long.
They included a Somali sex offender and a Sudanese national, Jumaa Kater Saleh, who lured schoolgirls into a house for sex.
It is not known if Ravandy has been deported to Iran or is still in the UK.