Foreign murderers and child rapists are STILL in UK two years after THESE Left-wing activists blocked deportation in Stansted flight sabotage
- ‘Stansted 15’ cut through fence at Essex airport in March 2017 in criminal protest
- Locked themselves to plane removing 60 people to Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone
- These included 25 criminals imprisoned in UK jails for offences including murder
- Protesters claim criminals were ‘at risk of persecution’, their action ‘saved lives’
- Of the 25 criminals on the flight, 19 were later deported but six remain in the UK
Six foreign criminals whose deportation more than two years ago was blocked by a group of Left-wing activists at Stansted Airport are still in the UK, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
The so-called ‘Stansted 15’ cut through a fence at the Essex airport in March 2017 in a criminal protest, using pipes to lock themselves together around a Boeing 767 that had been chartered by the Home Office to remove 60 people to Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone.
This newspaper can reveal that those due to be removed included 25 criminals who had been imprisoned in UK jails for offences including murder, child rape and grievous bodily harm.
The so-called ‘Stansted 15’ (pictured, 14 of the 15 outside Chelmsford Crown Court) cut through a fence at the Essex airport in March 2017 in a criminal protest
The protesters, who were later convicted under a terrorism-related law, claim they stopped the plane because people on the flight were ‘at risk of persecution’ and their action ‘saved lives’.
Of the 25 criminals, 19 were later deported but six remain in the UK.
Two have been granted ‘temporary leave to remain’ while they try to gain permanent residency rights. Two are fighting their deportation in the courts, while two are waiting to be kicked out. The Home Office refused to reveal what crimes the six committed.
The protesters all smiled as they posed for pictures as they chained themselves together on March 2017 (pictured). This newspaper can reveal that those due to be removed included 25 criminals who had been imprisoned in UK jails for offences including murder, child rape and grievous bodily harm
The Stansted 15, who are members of campaign group End Deportations, have been hailed in Left-wing circles and won support from senior Labour politicians, including Diane Abbott, the Shadow Home Secretary.
One campaigner, Melanie Strickland, 35, claimed in an interview that Jeremy Corbyn last year told her: ‘You’re changing history – you know that?’
But this newspaper understands that one of those on the flight was murderer Quam Ogumbiyi, who was jailed in 2004 for stabbing a man to death in front of his family in Harringay, North London.
Protesters who rescued killer and child rapist
The 15 protesters who stopped criminals being deported at Stansted were found guilty under anti-terror legislation but were spared jail after the judge decided they were motivated by ‘genuine reasons’ and lacked ‘grievous intent’.
They are pictured, above, celebrating outside court in February this year.
- Edward Thacker, 29. The son of West End theatre director David Thacker.
- Benjamin Smoke, 27. A freelance journalist.
- Nicholas Sigsworth, 29. Electronic musician with the stage name Klaus.
- Helen Brewer, 29. A London artist and film-maker.
- Emma Hughes, 38. Member of Switched On London, an energy campaign group.
- May MacKeith, 33. From an activist family that leads immigration protests.
- Jyotsna Ram, 33. Holds a PhD in planning and sustainable design.
- Joseph McGahan, 35. The co-founder of Hempden, a hemp and CBD company.
- Ruth Potts, 44. A lecturer in alternative economics and an anarchist baker.
- Lyndsay Burtonshaw, 28. Works for Quakers In Britain.
- Alistair Tamlit, 30. Member of Plane Stupid, a climate campaign group.
- Laura Clayson, 28. Previously arrested for protesting against fracking.
- Melanie Evans, 35. A climate activist
- Nathan Clack, 30. Born in Newcastle but now a London activist.
Not pictured: Melanie Strickland, 35. A solicitor who was part of a 2006 Heathrow protest.
Ogumbiyi, then 23, plunged a knife into Ibrahim Asik’s chest after wrongly accusing him of burgling his girlfriend’s flat.
Cemasik Asik, 32, one of Ibrahim’s sons, last week told how his father’s murder had a devastating impact on his family, leaving him and his two brothers homeless.
In 2011, Ogumbiyi was given an additional life sentence after he and two others carried out a knife attack on Bosnian war criminal Radislav Krstic in prison.
It is understood Ogumbiyi was deported to Nigeria two days after the protesters stopped the Stansted flight.
Victim rights campaigner Harry Fletcher said: ‘Activists have the right to protest but they must do their research to ascertain whether the plane contains criminals.’
The protesters, who were later convicted under a terrorism-related law, claim they stopped the plane because people on the flight were ‘at risk of persecution’ and their action ‘saved lives’. The Stansted 15 are appealing against their convictions
The Stansted 15 are appealing against their convictions.
An End Deportations spokesman said: ‘We stopped the plane because we knew people on the flight were at risk of persecution and in fear of their lives.
‘At least one person due to be on the flight is a survivor of sex trafficking, and we know that the Home Office locks up hundreds of victims of sex trafficking in detention centres when they should be in safe houses.’
The Home Office said: ‘We only return those with no legal right to remain in the UK, including foreign national offenders and failed asylum seekers.’