Priti Patel uses loophole in EU freedom of movement laws to deport three criminals jailed for rape and torture back to Lithuania
- Home Secretary used EU loophole to deport three violent Lithuanian offenders
- The criminals had come to the end of their sentences for rape and torture
- Since 2010 the government has deported 53,000 foreign criminals overseas
Two rapists and a thug who tortured a man who wanted to buy drugs have been deported back to Lithuanian by a private jet after finishing their sentences.
Home Secretary Priti Patel took advantage of a loophole in European Union free movement laws to get them on a plane out of the UK on grounds of public safety.
The three men, who were each jailed for separate offences, include Nerijus Radavicius, who filmed himself raping a 32-year-old woman in a farmhouse in Aberdeenshire.
Home Secretary Priti Patel, pictured in Reading on Monday, chartered a private jet to Lithuania to deport three violent criminals
Joining him on the chartered flight was Tomas Paplauskas, 36.
Paplauskas has finished a 13 year prison term after he was convicted of raping a 19-year-old girl after she left a nightclub.
The attack in Telford, Shropshire was described ‘prolonged, premeditated and merciless,’ by the BBC at the time.
The third man, Vidas Aleksandravicius, 52, was previously jailed for 10 years for imprisoning and torturing a man who went to a house to buy drugs in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.
According to The Sun, the victim was terrified after he had a gun put into his mouth and was subjected to waterboarding in 2017.
In order to depot them, the Home Secretary was forced to charter a plane to ensure there was a realistic prospect of moving them out of the country.
Since 2010 the British government has deported over 53,000 criminals.
The Sun reports that six a day are being released from prisons straight on to the street.
But six a day are being released from prisons on the streets every day, according to official figures.
Tory MP Philip Davies told The Sun: ‘The public is sick to the back teeth of the pussy-footing around with foreign criminals who come here and end up in jail.
‘I have high hopes that Priti Patel will get a grip of the system soon.’