KWEKU Adoboli, a former trader convicted of fraud seven years ago is today being deported to Ghana after is detention in Glasgow, representatives believe.

Mr Adoboli, who served four years of a seven-year sentence for a £1.4bn fraud at Swiss bank UBS, has been taken to Heathrow ahead of his deportation, his representatives say.

It comes two weeks after a judicial review application was refused.

Mr Adoboli, was expected to apply directly to the Court of Appeal to contest the judicial review application refusal, even though his legal team were denied leave to appeal. It is understood court papers have already been prepared.


Now after going to a Home Office reporting centre in Glasgow, Mr Adoboli was detained and his campaign representatives say he is now being deported.

In a statement they say it's "inhumane and shameful" and claimed it was "state sanctioned kidnapping".

The Home Office would "neither confirm or deny" the latest development.

His supporters indicate is due on a commercial flight at Heathrow.

He had been transported to the Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre in Harmondsworth in readiness for deportation. Mr Adoboli had said before reporting that he was "stressed" fearing that he would be detained.

Representatives of Mr Adoboli, who lives in Livingston said he had been detained "despite being no risk to the public, having ample bail surities and promising to continue with the Home Office rigid reporting regime".

Mr Adoboli’s legal team in seeking a judicial review argued that after he served his sentence for banking fraud he had dedicated himself to public speaking and hosting workshops about improving probity in the finance sector.

But Judge Mark Ockelton rejected these arguments and said Mr Adoboli had been “talking up” his contribution to improving ethical behaviour in the business world.

What looks like his final public appeal.

He was born in Ghana but left when he was four and has lived in the UK since he was 12.

His campaign representatives responded to the developments saying: "Anyone who has lived here since from the age 12 years old, was educated here and worked here is as British as you or me.

"When you question what makes someone British if you only look at their passport despite living here and creating a life here you are missing the point.

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"Britishness is not defined solely on accident of birth and it is inhumane to deprive someone of their life in a country they call home, to set an example. 

"The fact that many people were prepared to post significant bail and take time to support him both says a lot about the friend we call Kweku."

They said that the development will not stop the campaigning to "stop such treatment not only of Kweku but any other person who will be subjected to such barbarous treatment".

Adoboli, who was released from prison in 2015, had originally been taken to the Dungaval Immigration Removal Centre and there was an intention to deport him on or after September 10.

The 38-year-old, who describes himself as British, has since his release from jail given many talks to students, financial traders and others in the banking industry about how to operate ethically and avoid making the mistakes he made.

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Immigration minister Caroline Nokes has said that all foreign nationals sentenced to more than four years' imprisonment are subject to automatic deportation, unless there are compelling reasons for them to remain.

Since he was detained on September 3, more than 74,000 people have signed a petition against Adoboli's deportation, with more than 130 members of the UK and Scottish parliaments signing a letter to Home Secretary Sajid Javid asking him to intervene.

Mr Adoboli wrote to a Home Office case worker last week about his plight and said: “I fully accept that I am running out of options in my bid to stay in the UK, my home. If, when he meets them, the Home Secretary responds negatively to the MPs and MSPs campaigning on my behalf, and if the legal processes available to me to challenge my deportation are fully exhausted, then I will have no choice but to accept the deportation order.


"In such a scenario, I think you also know me well enough to understand that – just as I would never abscond - I would not wait for detention and a charter flight, but make an immediate journey to Ghana by my own determination.

"However - as yet - we are not at that stage. My legal team and me are making an application to the Court tomorrow. Hannah Bardell has not received a response from the Home Secretary concerning their proposed meeting.

"However, my lawyer, Jacqueline McKenzie, met briefly with Caroline Nokes and she has agreed to meet with Ms Bardell – as soon as their diaries permit – most probably with a view to expediting the formal meeting with the Home Secretary.

"For me to agree to leave before these matters are concluded would be pre-emptive, as is the Home Office’s request for me to leave voluntarily before they run their course.

"If the Home Office chooses to detain me, in spite of the ongoing legal process and the not inconsiderable sureties supporting my bail – and my willingness to abide by the bail terms – it would not only be hugely disappointing, but fully unnecessary and a complete waste of public resources.

"While I cannot re-offend without a banking licence, my probation team has also confirmed that I represent no threat to the public as a very low risk of reoffending or harm. I have promised not to abscond and that I will travel to Ghana voluntarily if the aforementioned initiatives prove unsuccessful.

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"In the light of these assurances and in support of my human right to fair treatment under the law, I would ask you to ensure that the timeframe is extended accordingly.”

Adoboli appealed, asking the home secretary, Sajid Javid, not to deport him because of his longstanding ties with the UK and the fact that he is working hard to educate people to avoid making the same mistakes he made at UBS.