Migrant Convicted of Attempted Rape Granted $33,600 in Compensation
A migrant convicted of attempting to rape a woman was awarded £27,000 ($33,600) compensation by the High Court after the Home Office held him in detention for nearly a year.
According to the Sun, his victim would have only been granted £7,500 after her ordeal in 2012.
Kurdish citizen Bashdar Abdulla Qarani entered the UK in 2005, and was found guilty of a series of offences, including theft, battery, and carrying a knife in the following years.
He was then sentenced to four years in prison for a sexual offence, which qualified him for automatic deportation once released. He was freed in 2015, but taken to a deportation facility straight after.
Immigration authorities were, however, unable to prove his nationality due to Qarani’s lack of documents, and the 36-year-old was once again released last December.
This week, deputy High Court judge Philip Mott QC ruled Qarani’s lengthy detention was in breach of his human rights and granted the man £27,000 in compensation.
The case was described as “barmy” by Conservative MP Philip Hollobone, a vocal opponent of the Human Rights Act.
Rape charity Voice4Victims argued the case highlighted the “imbalance” between victim and offender rights.
Qarani will have to report to his local authority each week as part of his bail conditions.