Published On: Mon, Nov 20th, 2023
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Up to £1m bill for rapist whose deportation was blocked by passengers | UK | News

Migrant Yaqub Ahmed, 34, racked up a mammoth bill in legal, prison and deportation costs before finally being sent home to Somalia on a chartered flight in August.

But incredibly, the Home Office had to arrange a spa-style hotel for the monster to stay in back in his home country – where he has enjoyed luxury pampering at the UK’s expense.

The sex beast was first put on a commercial flight in 2018, but virtue-signalling holidaymakers mutinied and demanded he be removed.

The do-gooders, who shouted “You’re free, man” and applauded his exit from the aircraft in shocking footage, were unaware of Ahmed’s criminal past and believed he was being wrongly deported.

In 2007, Ahmed and three accomplices lured a 16-year-old schoolgirl into a London flat, before brutally attacking her.

The gang punched her in the face when she tried to flee, took it in turns to rape her and one of them even attempted to take photographs.

The girl’s piercing screams could be heard by the 999 operator who answered a call from concerned neighbours.

Police officers rushed to the scene and found Ahmed and his associates hiding in the flat.

He was jailed for nine years, with a judge telling him he had “no respect for other human beings”.

But in the five years since he was “freed” by his fellow passengers, the rapist has cost taxpayers £1million as he attempted to avoid deportation using human rights laws.

The giant sum includes £85,000 in legal aid and £200,000 for a chartered flight, to avoid a repeat of the previous failed removal attempt.

Upon arriving in his home country, he was treated to a 14-week stay in a plush hotel overlooking the Indian Ocean – with armed guards and a personalised therapy package – all at the expense of British taxpayers.

Court papers detail how UK officials had to draw up an elaborate “care plan” costing tens of thousands of pounds for Ahmed, to defeat his attempts to thwart deportation to Somalia on human rights grounds.

He was put up at the Peace Hotel, near Aden Adde Airport in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu and received free meals from a menu that boasts “barbecue evenings with a selection of flame-roasted meats”.

Ahmed arrived at the airport on August 2 and was met by his own detachment of armed guards, who escorted him to an armour-plated vehicle – the kind reserved for VIPs.

Protected by a pick-up truck with the armed guards perched on board, the vehicle whisked him off to the hotel – and security experts estimate that the four-minute drive alone could have cost up to £1,000.

Once at the hotel, Ahmed could take advantage of a “treatment plan specific to his needs” that had been organised to help him cope with the stress of being removed. Court papers reveal how this included “mental health medication and psychological services through a clinic”.

Ahmed’s victim has branded the expensive support Ahmed received in Somalia “shocking”.

She said: “The justice system isn’t fit for purpose. The fact they had to give him this outrageous package to be able to remove him is ridiculous.

“I’m grateful they did everything they did because we are finally rid of him, but they shouldn’t have had to.”

The Home Office said it removed 14,700 foreign criminals between January 2019 and March this year.

A spokesman said: “Returning a foreign national offender to their country of origin can involve enormous challenges. Occasionally support packages are required.”

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