The Ghanaian trader convicted for fraud in the United Kingdom (UK), Kweku Adoboli, has been given a last-minute reprieve from deportation.
This comes after a judge awarded a judicial review of the embattled banker’s case
Adoboli was set to be deported to Ghana on September 18, having served four years of a seven-year sentence.
He was convicted by the UK authorities in 2012 over his involvement in a £1.8 billion fraud at Swiss bank UBS.
He was released in 2015, but was later taken into custody again and is currently being held by Scotland Yard authorities.
But following news of his imminent deportation, 113 MPs and MSPs in the UK wrote to the Prime Minister and Home Secretary to demand they intervene to stop the deportation.
In a last-minute effort to prevent his deportation, Adoboli’s lawyers submitted an application for a judicial review of his case.
And, fortunately for him, a judge has granted the appeal for judicial review and injunction against deportation.
This means Adoboli will be freed from an immigration removal centre near Heathrow airport and subsequently released on bail until the outcome of the judicial review.
Meanwhile, the judicial review is expected to take several months (currently unspecified) before its outcome is made public.