Wanna talk about being a country in a rut.
There isn’t anything for me to say. This says it all.
Spain sends Algerian criminal to live in the UK
and there’s nothing we can do about it
Lazhari Zemouche arrested 92 times in Spain over the past 25 years
Crimes range from theft to robbery and he has used fake identities
Believed to have entered into a sham marriage to obtain a British passport
By Stephen Wright, Emine Sinmaz and Gerard Couzens
An Algerian-born career criminal suspected of a ‘marriage of convenience’ to a British citizen has been deported from Spain to the UK.
Police said Lazhari Zemouche had been arrested 92 times in Spain over the past 25 years for crimes from theft to robbery and had used a number of fake identities.
But because he had married in the UK before his latest crime spree in Spain, he was deported to London rather than to his native Algeria.
Officials said he was put on a plane to London after his latest arrest in Majorca because he was deemed a ‘security risk’ in Spain.
Spanish police sources claimed Zemouche, whose whereabouts were unknown last night, had entered into a sham marriage to obtain a British passport.
They admitted that unless Zemouche was a wanted man in Britain, he would be free to roam the streets and carry on offending as he has done over the past two and a half decades in Spain.
His wife’s identity and the exact date of his marriage, said to have taken place in England ‘a few years ago’, were not revealed by the Spanish authorities.
He was deported to the UK under a 2007 Spanish law allowing it to expel EU citizens for security reasons.
A spokesman for police in Majorca, where 45-year-old Zemouche was arrested on October 4 and held in an immigration centre pending deportation, declined to name him officially.
But Zemouche’s initials appeared in the local media and informed sources confirmed his full identity.
The police spokesman said: ‘He was deported to Britain because he married a British citizen in the UK and has British nationality.
Spanish police declined to offer a full list of his past offences. An official admitted: ‘Unless he is wanted in Britain then he will obviously be free to walk the streets a free man until such time as he reoffends.
‘But with his history, it’s a question of when and not if he’s going to reoffend.’
Figures last year showed EU migrants were committing over 500 crimes a week in Britain, but officials were powerless to deport most of them.
Whitehall’s interpretation of EU freedom of movement rules means only offenders who have received a jail term of at least two years can be deported.
And UKIP are the bad guys? Seems they may be the only ones to have it right. Even the EDL has this one right.
The only ones who seem to have missed something, are those on the left.
What can I say? The system is screwed up, but on the bright side this ass-wipe isn’t in Spain anymore.
I think the UK is the only country which slavishly adheres to the EU rules. Others “interpret” them and nothing happens…
What would happen if the UK basically said ‘f*** off’ to the EU rules? Would the EU declare war? Or just kick the UK out of their club?
Might be worth finding out…