SIX foreign criminals among a group of murderers and child rapists whose deportation was blocked by posh activists are STILL in the UK, it was reported last night.
It’s more than two years since the so-called “Stansted 15” illegally stormed Stansted Airport’s runway and locked themselves on to a Home Office chartered plane.
14 of the so-called ‘Stansted 15’ outside Chelmsford Crown Court in Essex, where they were convicted under terror laws for raiding the runway at Stansted and blocking a flight[/caption]
The protesters locked themselves to a plane due to deport 25 foreign criminals to Africa – among them being murderers and child rapists[/caption]
The Boeing 767 was due to remove 60 people who were no longer legally allowed to stay in the UK to Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone.
Among the 60 deportees were 25 criminals who had been imprisoned in the UK for offences including murder, child rape and grievous bodily harm, the Mail On Sunday reported.
But campaigners stopped the plane – claiming the people on the flight were “at risk of persecution” and that their action “saved lives”.
The activists – many from wealthy backgrounds – could have been jailed for life under terror laws.
They instead walked free – with three getting nine-month suspended sentences while the rest were handed 100 hours’ unpaid work for shutting Stansted for 80 minutes.
SIX CRIMINALS STILL HERE
Last night it was reported that 19 of the 25 criminals who had been on board the grounded flight have since been deported.
But six are allegedly still in the UK – with two given “temporary leave to remain” while they try to gain permanent residency.
Another two of the six are fighting their deportation in the courts – while the final two are waiting to be deported.
The Home Office refused to say what crimes the six men had committed.
‘MURDERER ON FLIGHT’
The Stansted 15 are members of the Left-wing campaign group End Deportations.
They won plaudits from senior Labour politicians including Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, the Shadow Home Secretary.
Campaigner Melanie Strickland, 35, claimed that Jeremy Corbyn told her: “You’re changing history – you know that?”
But one of the deportees allegedly on the flight they blocked was murderer Quam Ogumbiyi, the Mail On Sunday claimed.
He was jailed in 2004 for stabbing a man to death in front of his family in Harringay, North London.
Ogumbiyi, then 23, knifed dad Ibrahim Asik after wrongly accusing him of burgling his girlfriend’s flat.
In 2011, Ogumbiyi was handed an additional life sentence for his involvment in a knife attack on Bosnian war criminal Radislav Krstic in prison.
It’s believed Ogumbiyi was deported to Nigeria two days after the Stansted protest.
Posh Protesters: Who are the Stansted 15?
Edward Thacker, 29. The son of West End theatre director David Thacker.
Benjamin Smoke, 27. A freelance journalist.
Nicholas Sigsworth, 29. Electronic musician.
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. PhD in planning and sustainable design.
Joseph McGahan, 35. 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.
Melanie Strickland, 35. A solicitor who was part of a 2006 Heathrow protest.
MOANED ABOUT CONVICTIONS
The Stansted 15 are appealing against their convictions – which they moaned will dent their job prospects and travel plans.
They said in a statement: “These terror convictions and the ten-week trial that led to them are an injustice that has profound implications for our lives.
“They will drastically limit our ability to work, travel and take part in everyday life.”
Chelmsford crown court heard the 15 used “lock boxes” and laid on the ground to stop the plane.
They were convicted under 1990 anti-terror legislation brought in after the Lockerbie bombing.
Judge Christopher Morgan told them: “You put at risk the safety of the airport and the persons there.”
Those with suspended terms include Edward Thacker, 29, son of a West End theatre director, and Alistair Tamlit, 30, the son of a consultant doctor.
The executive dad of another, Joseph McGahan, 35, lives in a £1.2million home.
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An End Deportations spokesman said last night: “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.”
The protesters ran onto the runway and locked themselves to the plane. Six of the 25 foreign criminals are reportedly still in the UK[/caption]
The ‘Stansted 15’ were allowed to walk free with suspended sentences and community orders after a trial in February[/caption]
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