A Somali asylum seeker wanted for the murder of WPc Sharon Beshenivsky is believed to have fled Britain dressed as a woman wearing a Muslim niqab, which covers the whole face apart from the eyes.We learn that
Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Nick Clegg said it “beggars belief” that a wanted criminal could leave the country hidden behind a veil.Indeed they were. But it is hard to imagine a more feeble response than to call for "urgent clarification". Nobody should be allowed to board an airplane wearing a mask of any kind, or enter a bank, or teach in a school.
He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme there were existing powers for people wearing veils to be searched and urged the Government to issue “urgent clarification” on whether immigration or airport officials should carry out the check.
He added that asylum seekers like Jama, who had been convicted of crimes but not be deported, should be subject to “much stricter surveillance”.
“He was left to his own devices and of course the consequences were tragic for Sharon Beshenivsky.”
It seems that:
Mustaf Jama, 26, was allowed to stay in Britain despite serving four jail terms in six years after arriving with his family on a false passport.
His first criminal conviction was in 1998. In August 2000 he was allowed to stay in the UK for seven years.
He was dealt with by the courts on 11 occasions for 21 matters including two firearms and weapons offences, theft and offences against the person. Home Office officials decided not to deport him to Somalia, ruling that it was too dangerous for him.
Intelligence sources suggest he stole his sister's passport and slipped though the net at Heathrow between Christmas and New Year.
He is thought to be hiding in Somalia...